Contemporary Han-ok Exhibit in Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines

As I enjoy visiting Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines because of their awesome special classes and exhibits here's another spectacular activity that surely an additional information for those who are addicted to K-(Korean) cultures the Contemporary Han-ok Exhibit runs from 16th of November, 2012 until 15th of February, 2013.  

Han-ok is

In a broad sense, Han-ok refers to a house built in the traditional Korean architectural way while in a limited sense referring generally to a one-story wooden house with Ondol (under-floor heating system) and Maru (a wooden floor). However, it is hard to define Han-ok with a singular style since Korea has tried many ways to reduce shortcomings and add convenience, as has been done since the late 1990s.

The Han-ok architectural style came from the Tang Dynasty of China during the Unified Silla period. It later developed into an independent style, having embraced the culture, life and values of the Korean people.

Diversification of space
Based on Confucianism in Joseon and Taoism in Goryeo, Han-ok has its own indigenous structures ensuring free spatial alteration.

Eco-friendly house
With respect for nature, the Korean elders used natural materials which were easy to obtain from their surroundings, such as wood, paper, earth, and stone. Earth was applied to the walls and roof to block heat and cold, while Han-ji (traditional Korean paper) was applied to the wall to block out wind and allow sunlight in. Soybean oil was applied to the floor mainly to add gloss and to waterproof it.

Ondol and Maru
A house with both Ondol and Maru is unprecedented in the history of world architecture. This type of house evolved the four distinct seasons. Ondol is Korea’s indigenous under-floor heating system, with stone-plates beneath a furnace-heated room. Through this, the Korean people overcome the cold of winter. Maru, on the other hand, is useful for ventilation due to the several gaps it has. Apart from this, with its structure open to all directions, ensures it stays cool in summer.   

                - From Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Contemporary Han-ok brochure

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