Korean Culture Part I

Image of a traditional door.

The Koreans are one ethnic family speaking one language. They share certain distinct physical characteristics which differentiate them from other Asian peoples including the Chinese and the Japanese, and they have a strong cultural identity as one ethnic family. The Mongol tribes which migrated onto the Korean Peninsula from Central Asia particularly during the Neolithic Age (c. 5000-1000 B.C.) and the Bronze Age (c. 1000-300 B.C.).

The Koreans were a homogeneous people by the beginning of the Christian era. In the seventh century A.D., they were politically unified for the first time by the Shilla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935) and subsequently witnessed a great cultural flourishing.

  1. Part I
  2. Part II