Korea’s cultural heritage brought to life via Google’s VR platform

2018.06.22 14:35:11 | 2018.06.22 14:38:24

[Photo provided by Google Arts & Culture] 이미지 확대

[Photo provided by Google Arts & Culture]

U.S. Internet giant Google said on Thursday it has added South Korea to its online platform for museums and galleries, allowing 30,000 South Korean cultural assets to be accessed online and on mobile via the exhibition page of Google Arts and Culture (https://goo.gl/sEFAMf).

The Korean Heritage project includes 2,500 artifacts from ancient kingdoms and 28,000 traditional artifacts, and 18 historical sites.

Among the pieces are the Dongui Bogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine), a Korean book compiled by the royal physician, Heo Jun, first published in 1613 during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea and other rare books and maps collected by National Library of Korea, as well as the high-definition images of royal portraits and decorative paintings of the royal court of Joseon and royal seal used during the time of Korean Empire.

The platform also provides a panoramic view of Korea’s five major palaces and the Joseon-era royal shrine of Jongmyo, as well as digital recreation of Silla-era historic sites and ancient agricultural communities, allowing users to explore the essence of Korean history and culture. English content is also available for overseas visitors.

Google said it has signed partnership agreements for the project with nine Korean cultural institutions, including Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Gyeongju National Museum and National Palace Museum of Korea.

By Lee Sun-hee and Minu Kim

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