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Possibly the greatest single work of man on the face of the earth is Peking (Beijing)......
-Edmund N. Bacon, in his book 'Design of Cities-

 

The East Asian countries have many wonderful historic cities which have been so brilliant in design and culture. They have been an indicator of the state of Asian civilization. Besides their tradition, the East Asian cities are deemed to have been developing a new urbanism in 20th century which is unique enough to distinguish them from the western cities.

The articles below by Professor Han Pilwon are on the historic development and consequential characteristics of the East Asian cities with special reference to historic Korean cities.

The dualistic structure of the East Asian cities in the 20th century
   Korean      Italian

The Emerging Asian City (Routledge, 2012)

 

 

 

Here, ATA recommends 15 cities and their websites in China. And some articles on the critical issues related to the cities are presented by ATA. Click and enjoy the cities!

 

 

Beijing

aerial photo + map (Ming, Qing Dynasty)

 

Chengde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chengdu

 

Dunhuang

 

Gaochang-Gucheng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haerbin

Map (website)

 

Hangzhou

 

Jianshui-Gucheng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiaohe-Gucheng

 

Shanghai 

Essay on Shanghai (Korean)
Map (website)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaoxing

 

Shiping

 

Suzhou

Essay on Suzhou (Korean)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tianjin

 

Xian

Xian, the Model of the East Asian Cities (Korean, pdf)
Essay on Xian (Korean)
Should Xian's Old Buildings be Redeveloped or Not? (Chinese)