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Korea’s unique pattern symbolic of longevity

Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) — Korea’s unique pattern symbolic of longevity is popular with people.

This pattern depicts ten shapes of objects including the sun, mountain and crane.
It has a long history.
According to records, the pattern represents the Korean people’s patriotic mettle and firm will and their desire for longevity.
The sun, mountain and water included in the pattern show the spirit of Korea, the land of morning calm, and the love of Korean people for their beautiful country.
In those days, artists and craftsmen engraved the pattern in daily necessities in different shapes.
This is proved by patterns decorated on three doors of a three-storied clothes chest, a relic of the last period of the Ri dynasty, which is preserved at the Korean Folklore Museum.
They were inlaid with mother-of-pearl delineating a pine tree, crane, deer, turtle and others which represent the desire of people for longevity.
Many relics decorated with the pattern are preserved in the museum.
Today the pattern is being further developed in keeping with the modern aesthetic sense thanks to the DPRK government’s policy of preserving cultural relics of the nation.

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