National Intangible Cultural Property No. 119 Gold Bakjang


Everlasting Legacies of Korea

National Intangible Cultural Property No. 119 Gold Bakjang +

Classification Intangible Cultural Property / Traditional Technology / Craft
Designated date 2006.11.16
location Jongno-gu, Seoulteukbyeol-si
Gold gourd is a craftsman who prints various patterns using thin gold foil on top of a fabric. Today, it can be seen in women's wedding clothes.

The gold foil decorations were used in the royal family in the Joseon Dynasty, and there were not many relics that existed due to storage problems, but the three daughters of Sunjo (1822-1844) said they were worn at the wedding of Princess Deogon, the third daughter of Princess Sunjo, are decorated with gold and the characters 'su and 'bok' (Chinese Folklore Cultural Heritage No.211).

The gold foil decoration is made by stamping the adhesive pattern plate where it wants to be placed, attaching the gold foil before the adhesive dries completely, and then removing the gold foil outside the pattern again.

The gold gourd technique is completed based on the woodwork technique of carving pattern plates based on the eye of selecting and placing patterns suitable for the composition of clothes, and the long experience of making and utilizing the properties of glue and gold foil, the main ingredients.

Gold gourd refers to a piece of gold that is made like thin paper by continuously tapping on it, but today it is understood as a technique for decorating patterns on fabrics using gold foil.

Gold Bakjang is a craftsmanship that embellishes Korea's doubles culture in a splendid and dignified manner, and it is significant in that it is able to revive the legacy by designating it as a national intangible cultural asset.


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