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Joseon Royal Tombs

By August 9, 2013

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You may have heard of the Korean mummies: this term refers to the extremely well-preserved bodies recovered from the royal tombs of the Joseon dynasty [1392-1910].

Men in traditional Joseon clothing walk in Gyeongbok Palace
Men in Traditional Joseon Clothing Walk in Gyeongbok Palace. Photo by Jan-Christian Teller

About 100 royal tombs have been excavated to date, and their well-preserved contents have given scholars insight into the culture of the 500-year old dynastic reign in Korea, including everything from the clothing people wore to their general health and diseases.

While I love the photo above too much to take it out, I have a sneaking suspicion that it is not necessarily typical Joseon clothing. I just found a photo on Flickr of a display in a Korean National museum which is probably closer to the reality.

Joseon Dynasty Clothing
Joseon Dynasty Clothing. Photo by Kai Hendry.


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