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Minhwa (Folk Art) Demonstration Adapted from: Kee Soon Song President, Korean Folk Art Association Copyright (April 2011) Do-Hee Morsman U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lecture Topics What is Minhwa? Types of Minhwa Morando 모란도 (Paintings of Peonies) Minhwa Practice What is Minhwa? Minhwa (“folk painting”) is an invaluable part of Korea’s cultural heritage and conveys the mythology, religion, and views of the Korean people. Minwha represents the artistic expressions of individuals who created paintings to decorate palaces and homes and to celebrate joyful family occasions, such as weddings and sixtieth birthdays. It has been said that the tradition of folk paintings has lasted so long because minhwa “touched the soul of the Korean people.” Minhwa Because the dates and artists of minhwa were largely unknown, their art was treated as being of little value. However, minhwa is now recognized as a valuable art form and one that represents the life of the Korean people during the J...