Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation

Five millennia of Korea’s design history, distilled into a light-filled Seoul headquarters.

The latter part of the 20th century was a period of rapid transformation in South Korea—one during which the preservation of cultural traditions took a backseat to economic growth. But this began to change as the new millennium dawned. “Many people thought about what they had lost during the nation’s period of such intense and dramatic growth and  realized that they needed to revive their culture and traditions,” says Yun Gyun S. Hong, chair of the Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation—a non-profit, private foundation that was established in 2001 to preserve 5,000 years of Korean culture and tradition and pass it on to future generations.

It attempts this mission from a discreet building in Seoul, completed by Kim Jong-kyu and Kim Bong-ryol of architecture practice M.A.R.U. i...

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