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Korean traditional roof tile to be named 'treasure' for the first time: Official Updated: 2018-10-02 18:05:41 KST

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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