Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
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AuthorAcademy of Korean Studies
SubjectKorean studies
GenreReference encyclopedia
PublisherDongBang Media Co.
Publication placeSouth Korea
Websiteencykorea.aks.ac.kr (in Korean)
Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
Revised RomanizationHanguk Minjok Munhwa Daebaekgwasajeon
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Minjok Munhwa Taebaekkwasajŏn

The Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (Korean한국민족문화대백과사전) is a Korean-language encyclopedia published by the Academy of Korean Studies and DongBang Media Co. It was originally published as physical books from 1991 to 2001. There is now an online version of the encyclopedia that continues to be updated.[1]

On September 25, 1979, a presidential order (No. 9628; 「한국민족문화대백과사전 편찬사업 추진위원회 규정」) was issued to begin work on compiling a national encyclopedia.[2][3] Work began on compiling the encyclopedia on March 18, 1980.[3][4] It began publishing books in 1991.[4] The encyclopedia's first version was completed, with 28 volumes, in 1995. It continued to be revised beginning in 1996.[5] In 2001, the digital edition EncyKorea was published on CD-ROM and DVD.[6][5] It launched an online version in 2007.[4] A second push to update the encyclopedia concluded in 2017.[5][4]

The articles in the encyclopedia are aimed at readers who want to learn about Korean culture and history, and were written by over 3,800 scholars and expert contributors who are mainly associated with the Academy of Korean Studies.[6]

It has been described as one of the most frequently used encyclopedias for Korean studies,[7] as well as one of the most extensive.[6] The terminology used in the encyclopedia has reportedly had a visible impact on terminology used in academic literature.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Research Guides: Korean Studies Resources: -- Encyclopedia & Bibliography". guides.osu.edu. Retrieved 2023-10-01.
  2. ^ 고, 상철 (2006-10-17). "엠파스, 한민족 대백과사전 오픈". 제주투데이 (in Korean). Retrieved 2024-06-28.
  3. ^ a b "국가기록원>기록물열람>통합검색>국정분야주제별검색>분야별주제검색". www.archives.go.kr. Retrieved 2024-06-28.
  4. ^ a b c d 최, 원형 (2017-06-22). ""민족문화대백과사전, 전면 개정·증보 필요"". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). Retrieved 2024-06-28.
  5. ^ a b c d 박, 상현 (June 28, 2019). ""민족문화대백과사전 덕분에 한국 학술문화 비약적 성장"". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved June 28, 2024.
  6. ^ a b c "민족문화 백과사전 디지털 증보판 출시" [The revised edition of Encyclopedia of Korean Culture is released on digital media] (in Korean). Munhwa Ilbo. 2001-10-22. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  7. ^ Wang, Li. "LibGuides: Korean Studies: Home". libguides.brown.edu. Retrieved 2023-10-01.