Digital Resources for Korean Studies

6. Maps

E-Kyujanggak: Old Maps 규장각 고지도
E-Kyujanggak, a website that offers digitized collections of the Kyujanggak Institute of Seoul National University, provides high-definition digital images of more than 220 old Korean maps along with detailed information about the regions that each map covers. A location index allows a user to search a location name on the maps, which is represented as a red dot on the map images. A special viewer needs to be downloaded. For more information on E-Kyujanggak, see the entry under Full-text databases.

Old maps of Korea 한국의 고지도
Digital images of ten old Korean maps (1402-1861) with brief descriptions.

Library of Congress - Maps of Korea
The Library of Congress Geography and Map Division has digitized a number of modern and historical maps of Korea and made them available to the public. To browse or search the entire Map Collections database, see their web page.

For information on special collections of maps held by Library of Congress (most of which have not been digitized), please see their List of Special Collections.

Sea of Korea Digital Archive
The Sea of Korea Maps Digital Archive consists of original old maps, dating from 1606 to 1895, in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Latin, German and Russian. Held by the University of Southern California Library, this archive includes maps both of Korea specifically and of the broader East Asian region.

East Asia - Images of Early Maps on the Web -- Map History / History of Cartography: THE Gateway to the Subject
Part of the WWW-Virtual Library: History. Provides links to collections of maps of Korea with brief descriptions of each, as well as maps of Asia more broadly.

Finding Maps of Korea at Harvard


The Harvard-Yenching Library and the Harvard Map Collection hold maps of Korea dating from the eighteenth century on; most are from the twentieth century. Only a small percentage of holdings from the Harvard Map Collection are currently in HOLLIS. Please consult collection staff to determine holdings.

To find maps of Korea in HOLLIS, go to Expanded Search. Enter the search term Korea? and select Maps under Format.

Harvard Geo-Spatial Library
The Harvard Geospatial Library offers search tools for finding geographic data, GIS data for download and on-line geographic data exploration tools. Current holdings include GIS data for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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