Dancheong is a Korean tradition of drawing beautiful patterns on buildings to depict a utopian world, which they wished they could attain in reality.
The Goguryeo Wall Paintings have been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They were skillfully drawn by ancient Koreans and the life-like, colorful paintings depict the lives of the Koreans thousands of years ago. These wall paintings are recognized as masterpieces they are priceless in their cultural value. They also indicate that the history of Korea's dancheong can be traced back much further into the ancient past. Even after 2,000 years, the colors shown in these wall paintings are still vibrant and impress anyone who sees them.
Bongjeong Temple is the oldest wooden structure in Korea. Although it was built from wood, the structure has not rotted after standing in the same spot for 1,500 years. The secret to its longevity is the dancheong that was painted on the temple building. Giving the temple an aesthetic beauty, the colorful paintings on the wood protected it from wind, rain, and corrosion.
As an Oriental palace that shows the harmony between sharp edges and delicate lines, Changdeok Palace is acclaimed for how well it blends with its surrounding area. It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Like other ancient buildings, it also features beautiful dancheongs on its walls and roof.
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Bulguk Temple is an architectural interpretation of the ideal world described in Buddhism. The outstanding and colorful patterns drawn on the temple buildings will charm visitors as they seek the beautiful heavenly world.
Korea's dancheong depicted the beauty of nature and the utopian world that people dreamed through colorful patterns. These drawings embodied Korean's simple desire to live in a beautiful world and exemplified the wishes of Koreans to live in peace and harmony.