Korean traditional roof tile to be named ‘treasure’ for the first time: Official
Korean traditional roof tile to be named ‘treasure’ for the first time: Official


South Korea recognizes tangible cultural assets
that carry higher importance as ‘treasure.’ For the first time, traditional roof tile,
as a piece separate from a house, is granted that title. Choi Si-young explains why “Giwa” deserve
that recognition. The Cultural Heritage Administration announced
on Tuesday it will soon designate the traditional Korean roof tile as a ‘treasure’. Baked from mud, the roof tile, also known
as ‘giwa,’ characterizes the nation’s traditional wooden architecture. Giwa dates back to the ancient kingdom of
Silla, where the tiles were produced under a very high artistic standard. Buddhist paintings and a bronze drum used
in Buddhist ceremonies will also be named treasures. The Buddhist paintings are part of an exclusive
and rare group of Buddhist art pieces from the 18th century, while the bronze drum is
quite significant also because its has the year it was made marked. In addition, the cultural agency selected
a letter for treasure. The letter was written by a king during the
Joseon dynasty, and it was addressed to the king’s vassals, who were granted special royal
privileges for their distinguished service. Choi Si-young, Arirang News.

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