Life In Korea: Korean Paper Money

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Life In Korea post with pictures, so here’s something I’ve been saving for the rainy-day fund – literally. This post is about Korean paper money. Dry topic, I know, but it’s a slow news day here at the Seung Park Academy of Thinking of Stuff to Post to His Blog.

Without further ado:

The front side of the 1000 won banknote features Yi Hwang, a noted Confucian scholar.
The backside of the 1000 won note features a landscape by the classical Korean painter, Jeong Seon, titled "Gyesangjeonggeodo".
The 5000 won note features Yi I, another Confucian scholar and brother to Yi Hwang (featured on the 1000 won bill).
5000 won back
The backside of the 5000 won bill features a painting by Shin Saimdang, a Korean artist and mother to Yi I. It's titled "Insects and Plants".
The front side of the 10000 won note features King Sejong the Great, the inventor of the Korean alphabet and numerous other scientific and cultural advances.
The backside of the 10000 won bill features the Hongcheonsigye, an astronomical clock devised by Song I-Yeong in 1669.
The front side of the 50000 won note has a portrait of Shin Saimdang, a noted Korean calligraphist, artist, and poet.
The backside of the 50000 won note has a sprig of bamboo and a portrait of a maesil tree - otherwise known as a Chinese plum.

Note: 1,000 won is approximately equal to one American dollar.


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