The Virtual Picture Album -- Korea

The grid below is an annotated index to part of the Virtual Picture Album compiled and distributed by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University of Minnesota. The pictures in this section of the VPA are of people, places, and objects in the Republic of Korea. Each of the pictures is represented by a thumbnail-sized image in the grid, and is accompanied by:

There are also suggestions for ways to use certain pairs or groups of pictures.

Due to the number of pictures in this section, the VPA index for Korea is divided into five parts.

 
Part 1 Daily Life: Shopping, Food, Transportation
Part 2 Korea Today: People, Education, Recreation

Part 3

Korea Yesterday: Culture, Tradition
Part 4 Historic Remains
Part 5 Geography: Landscape, Scenery

 

To view or download a full-sized picture from the VPA, click on its thumbnail representation below.

 

 

Part 4. Historic Remains

Photo (Thumbnail)
Topics
Vocabulary Items
Grammar Points
Tongdaemun in Seoul East gate, ancient city wall, Chongno street, Chosun Dynasty Descriptions, comparison, past tense
Kyongbokkung Palace Chosun Dynasty, palace, architecture Descriptions, comparison, present tense, past tense
Bridge, and pond in Kyungbokkung Pond, bridge, trees, water Descriptions
Hyangwonjung Pavillion in Kyongbokkung Palace Pavilion (pond-side), hexagonal, trees, pond, to enjoy, to relax in nature Descriptions
The main gate of Toksugung Palace Taehanmun, gate, Chinese letters, sign, calligraphy Descriptions
Chunghwamun Gate in Kyongbokkung Palace Gate, Chinese letter, sign, calligraphy, stairs Descriptions
Poshingak in Chongno street Bell pavilion, bell, to toll a bell Descriptions
Queen's quarters in Kyongbokkung Palace Stone stairs, choma (the roof's hip), color, door, windows, changhoji, stone curb Descriptions
Kyongbokkung Palace Sign, Kyungbokgung, reading, landmark Asking for directions, forming questions, question ending
Kyongbokkung Palace Visitors, stone stairs, building Description, motion verb
Kunjongjon in Kyongbokkung Palace Throne room, terrace, stone markers, footpaths Description, past tense
Courtyard of Kunjongjon Stones, stone markers, rank, court official, modern buildings Descriptions, past tense, comparisons
Kyongbokkung Palace Wide, wall, to buy tickets, to meet friends, tickets, admission fee, adults, children Descriptions, forming questions

Tonghaksa Temple Temple, mountain, trees, stone, lantern, Buddhism, architecture Descriptions, past tense, present tense
Tonghaksa Temple To pray, Buddhas, Buddhism, the main hall, to sit on, floor, floor mats, lanterns, lattice doors, ceiling, to hang, monks, Buddhists Descriptions, color
the Main Gate of Shinhungsa Temple in Outer Soraksan Mountain Ilchumum (First Gate), to enter, temple, Chinese character, sign, trees Descriptions
Shinhungsa Temple in Sorak Mountain Ilchumum (First Gate), to enter the temple, colorful, lines, ribs, ridge Descriptions, present tense
Statue of Buddha To take a picture, to pray, Buddha, Buddhism, tourists, forest, trees, green, stone stairs, big, tall, huge Descriptions
Anapchi Pond in Kyongju Royal garden, pond, stream, resort, landscape, Shilla dynasty Descriptions
Posokchong Water Course in Kyongju King, to drink wine, poetry, drinking parties, to seat, abalone shell Descriptions
Orung: Five Tombs Shilla dynasty, tomb, king, legend Description
Shilla bell: The Divine Bell of King Songdok the Great, the Emille Bell Bell, pillar, sunset, pattern, king, ancient Description, conjunctions in narration
The Divine Bell of King Songdok the Great, the Emille Bell Bell pavilion, bell, copper, legend, bronze standing, resonant sounds, Shilla heritage, the Unified Shilla Kingdom Description, conjunctions in narration
Inscription on the Emile Bell Inscription, Hangul, Chinese character, metal work, to read, to wish, bronze bell Description, conjunctions in narration
Patterns on the Emile Bell Lotus, flying sprite, patterns, symbols, inscription Description, conjunctions in narration
Patterns on the Emile Bell Lotus, flying sprite, patterns, symbols Description, conjunctions in narration
Pulguksa Temple in Kyongju, Shilla dynasty, Buddhist temple architecture Temple, architect, architecture, Buddhism, Buddhist monk Descriptions
Stone bridges and stairways in Pulkuksa Temple Stairways, bridge, to connect, Land of Buddha, stone Descriptions
Sokkuram Grotto, "Cave of Buddha" Statue of Buddha, Buddhist shrine, granite dome, cave Descriptions, present tense, past tense
Stone tombs of monks in Pulguksa Tomb, stone, death, bury, Buddhist monk, heaven Description, narration
Sokkatap Pagoda in Pulkuksa Temple Pagoda, stone, legend, (Asadal and Asanyo), mason, Muyongtap (pagoda without reflection) Descriptions
Chomsongdae Observatory Observatory, stone structure, bottle-shaped, archeologists Descriptions
Ch'onmachong (flying Horse Tomb) in Tumuli Park, Kyongju Royal Shilla tombs, treasures, to view, entrance Descriptions, present tense, past tense
Sundial of the Chosun Dynasty Sundial, science, Chosun Dynasty, shadow, latitude, lines, time Descriptions, explanation
Water Clock of the Chosun Dynasty Science, water, automatic, to float, buoy Descriptions, explanation
Punhwangsa Temple Buddhist temple, Buddhism, Buddhist monk, religion, geomancy, Buddhist painting Descriptions
Wall painting in Punhwangsa Temple Old painting, wall, trees, mountains, color, vivid, bright, idealized, clothing, immortal Descriptions, past tense, present tense, comparisons
Taeguk Symbol on the gate Yingyang, Taeguk, door, color, vivid, round, circle, opposite poles, interaction Descriptions, past tense, present tense, comparisons
Wooden carp To be made of, wooden, to carve, to hang, scales, colors, vivid Descriptions, past tense, comparisons
Stone guardians on the roof, Korean architecture Animals, roof, tiles, stone, guardian, to protect Descriptions
Gate of a traditional architecture Gate, pattern, kiwa, roof Descriptions
Tombstone Tomb stone, stone monument, commemorate Descriptions

 


TOPICS   GRAMMAR POINTS
Anapchi Pond in Kyongju
Buddhist temple architecture
Chomsongdae Observatory
Chonmachong (flying Horse Tomb) in Tumuli Park
Chunghwamun Gate in Kyongbokkung Palace
Courtyard of Kunjongjon
Emille Bell
Gate of a traditional architecture
Hyangwonjung Pavillion in Kyongbokkung Palace
Inscription on the Emile Bell
Korean architecture
Kunjongjon in Kyongbokkung Palace
Kyongbokkung Palace
Kyongju
Main Gate of Shinhungsa Temple in Outer Soraksan Mountain
Main Hall in Tonghaksa Temple
Patterns on the Emile Bell
Poshingak in Chongno Street
Posokchong Water Course in Kyongju
Pulkuksa Temple in Kyongju
Punhwangsa Temple
Queen's sleeping quarters in Kyongbokkung Palace
Shilla bell: The Divine Bell of King Songdok the Great
Shilla dynasty
Shinhungsa Temple in Sorak Mountain
Sokkatap Pagoda in Pulkuksa Temple
Sokkuram Grotto, "Cave of Buddha"
Statue of Buddha
Stone bridges and stairways in Pulkuksa Temple
Stone guardians on the roof
Stone tombs of monks in Pulguksa
Sundial of the Chosun Dynasty
T’aeguk Symbol on the gate
The Divine Bell of King Songdok the Great, the Emille Bell
The main gate of Toksugung Palace
Tombstone
Tongdaemun in Seoul
Tonghaksa Temple in Mt. Kyeryongsan National park, Taejon
Wall painting in Punhwangsa Temple
Wangrung: Five Tombs of Park
Water Clock of the Chosun Dynasty
Wooden carp
 

Asking for directions
Color
Comparisons
Conjunctions in narration
Explanation
Forming questions
Motion verb
Narration
Past tense
Present tense
Question ending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Grouping Suggestions

  1. Shopping: department store
  2. Shopping: traditional market
  3. Foods on street
  4. Korean restaurants and food
  5. Public transportation: Airport
  6. Public trasportation: Subway
  7. Public trasportation: Railroad station
  8. Seoul
  9. Pusan, Inchon
  10. Schools and students
  11. Entertainment: Noraebang, Internet cafe, Nightclub
  12. Korean traditional constructions
  13. Natural scenery in Korea
  14. Traditional lives of Korea
  15. Folk games
  16. Traditional arts

 


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