Photographs of traditional Korean architecture are currently exhibited at Drexel University’s Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of the University’s Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets). The photographs are by Dr. Doug-Hee Lee, a professor in the School of Architecture at Sunchon National University in Suncheon, South Korea and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition will be on display until February 25.
Unlike the rest of the Korean culture that has spread rapidly throughout the rest of the world, Korean architecture is still not widely known abroad. This is the first time that Korean architecture has been introduced to the United States.
“We hope that these photographs will provide a spiritually enriching experience,” said Jacqueline DeGroff, curator of the Drexel Collection (sm).
About 20 photographs of Korean temples, shrines, palaces and private houses are featured in the exhibition. Traditional Korean architecture was created based on a deep-rooted interest in spirituality. The love the Korean people have for religion and philosophy is represented in each work. Buddhism and Confucianism were introduced to Korea very early in its history. Both religions blossomed there, and influenced the developing architectural style of the culture.
The essence of traditional Korean architecture is the harmony found between people and nature. Korean architects sought not to overwhelm their environment, but rather to complement it and to bring those using the buildings closer to it.
An architect and renowned photographer with an interest in traditional Korean architecture, Lee was born in Jechon, Chungbuk province, in South Korea. He graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering at Chungbuk National University.
Lee was a government scholar and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Oita University in Japan. He taught at the School of Architecture at Chungji National University in South Korea, and was awarded a research position as a postdoctoral fellow for the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He is widely published in the field of architecture and urban design, with an emphasis on housing for the poor, elderly and disabled. He has exhibited photographs in Korea, Japan and in the United States.
Haeinsa Buddhist Temple, Lotus shadow of Sundarajang entrance hall
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