Updated at 2022-02-28
The shiny and exquisite note box has a classic aesthetic that stands the test of time. The earliest lacquerware found in South Korea dates to the 1st century BC. After the Tang dynasty’s luodian technique spread to South Korea, it developed into najeonchilgi. This technique arranges shells, pearl chips, gems, and other materials into the shapes of flora and fauna or figures, and then inlays them into pre-carved concave designs on lacquerware. After complicated steps including lacquering, smoothing, and polishing, what is produced is colorful najeonchilgi. This skill has been passed down for a millennium, and najeonchilgi is often presented as a gift from the Korean government to foreign dignitaries.
Agreement date: Oct. 25, 2016
Area: 555.16 square kilometers
Population: 129,230 people
Main industries: Korea’s modern economic development was primarily distributed in the three large marketplaces of Pyongyang, Daegu, and Gangyeong. The Gangyeong marketplace was located in Nonsan. Many leading global firms have established factories in Nonsan on the basis of its transport and logistics advantages. Nonsan’s other economic core is the strawberry industry. It has the largest strawberry-producing area in South Korea, and is the location of the most advanced global research on new varieties and cultivation methods for strawberries. Nonsan’s annual Strawberry Festival attracts over two million visitors.
City/region features: Nonsan feels great pride for the splendid culture of the Baekje kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period. It is also a city that is actively reviving the Confucian values of benevolence, ritual, rectification of names, and rule by virtue. The Confucian foundation of the Joseon dynasty was rooted in Nonsan, and it had produced numerous notable political, social, and cultural figures in modern times. Nonsan is also one of South Korea’s core national defense education cities. The greater Nonsan area is home to the Korea Army Training Center, the world’s largest military training center; Korean National Defense University, which cultivates high-ranking national defense specialists and civil servants; and the Army Aviation School, where the most advanced helicopter training takes place. South Korea’s tri-service headquarters and army academy, which trains elite professional soldiers, are both located just five minutes from Nonsan.