Korea’s master caligrapher Kim Eung-hyeon is important in Korea, and yet there is not much information in English. So UoH team decided to cover!
Kim Eung-hyeon devoted his entire life to studying and sharing the art of calligraphy in Korea. When the Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, he started to work at the National Assembly Secretariat. There, he was in charge of the National weekly news report. He collected more than 3,600 books donated by the refugees and successfully opened the ‘National Assembly Library.’ This library then officially became an independent institution of the nation. He was almost famous for criticizing Korea’s modern calligraphy culture after the Japanese colonial period, raising the voice that our excellent and traditional calligraphy should be restored.
His greatest work is as below :
1. One of the most outstanding achievements of Kim Eung-hyeon is known to be the reviving ‘Gwanggaeto the Great’s Font’ and officially made it as a font. This has been highly regarded as an original typeface with the uniqueness of South Korea. The photo is hard to find.
2. Title of the Gyeongbokgung Gangnyeongjeon (The King’s Quarters)
3. Title of the Chilbulsa temple in Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do