The Culture of Fengshui in Korea

The Culture of Fengshui in Korea : An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy

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Hong-Key Yoon's book explores the nature of geomantic principles (fengshui) and the culture of practicing them in Korean cultural contexts. He clearly analyzes the nature and historical background of geomancy, the principles for selecting auspicious sites, and provides an extensive interpretation of geomantic principles as practiced in Korea. The impacts of geomancy on traditional cartography, religion, urban development, and finally iconographical warfare are all discussed in great detail.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739113496
  • 9780739113493
  • 1,322,091

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This book provides valuable resources and should be helpful for other researchers in understanding the cultural development of Feng Shui in Korea. It should also encourage more research in this area. Journal of Scientific Exploration This book is a volume of great interest for New Zealand and international, western readerships. The New Zealand Geographical Society The Culture of Fengshui in Korea explores in fine detail the cultural, geographical, superstitious, religious, and scientific aspects of fengshui. To argue that it is an excellent and comprehensive study would be an understatement. The Review of Korean Studies A 'Berkeley School' tour de force in the mainstream erudite traditions of cultural geographers Sauer and Glacken, the sociologist Eberhard, and the anthropologist Kroeber. Yoon systematically and successfully explores the treacherously sublime multifaceted tip of the fengshui iceberg in Korea with a requisite geographical background and training unprecedented in the massive fengshui literature. He clearly articulates his discoveries in English, making accessible to a broad academic audience the essentials of the complex fengshui cosmography and its applications, from macro-scale to micro-scale. -- David J. Nemeth, University of Toledo Yoon's book is also important because it reminds academic geographers of the undiminished educating power -- the power to make the invisible visible and the mundane significant -- that the cultural-historical perspective of the Berkeley School of geography offers. Geographical Review Yoon's work puts fengshui culture in Korea into focus in the most outstanding way...It is a very comprehensive work, dealing with all relevant aspects of fengshui in Korean culture, including parallels to fengshui applications in China and Japan, the origin and evolution of fengshui, its interaction with established religion and its various principles and practices...The Culture of Fengshui in Korea deserves the best of recommendations as a very timely and scholarly work. Journal of Korean Studiesshow more

About Hong-Key Yoon

Hong-key Yoon is associate professor in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part I: The Nature And Historical Background Of Geomancy Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 2: The Origin and Evolution of Geomancy in Korea Chapter 5 Chapter 3: The Introduction and Development of Geomancy in Korea Part 6 Part II: Geomantic Principles Into Practice Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Yin-Yang Theory and Geomancy Chapter 8 Chapter 5: The Geomantic Principles for and Auspicious Site Chapter 9 Chapter 6: The Principles of House Geomancy Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Grave Geomancy Landscape Chapter 11 Chapter 8: An Interpretation of Geomantic Principles Chapter 12 Chapter 9: The Cartography of Geomancy Part 13 Part III: Geomancy And Religion Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Geomancy's Interaction with Buddhism Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Confucian Ethos and Geomancy Part 16 Part IV: Geomancy And Settlement Chapter 17 Chapter 12: The Use of Geomantic Ideas in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Cities Chapter 18 Chapter 13: Seoul: A New Dynasty's Search for an Auspicious Site Chapter 19 Chapter 14: The Social Construction of Kaesong Part 20 Part V: Geomancy and Iconography Chapter 21 Chapter 15: Iconographic Warfare and the Geomantic Landscape of Seoul Chapter 22 Chapter 16: Conclusionshow more