Valuable facts from the experience of publishing the National Atlas of Korea

Authors: Chul Sue Hwang*, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Cartography, Geography Education, Asia
Keywords: atlas, k-12 education, map reading
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


The second edition of The National Atlas of Korea, having been published yearly since 2014 by the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of South in both Korean- and English-language versions, presents a wide-ranging account of South Korea’s geography and its social, economic, political, global, and historical attributes that render the nation’s success. It contains an enormous and valuable set of geographic resources for social studies teachers and researchers including graphics, thematic maps, and tables depicting physical, socio-economical, and political environments of Korea. Therefore, it can be the most appropriate educational guide to promote an accurate understanding of Korea's physical and human environments. The atlas also includes a section on demographic, urbanization, and economic statuses of North Korea: such reliable information and data about North Korea, collected by South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, are almost impossible to acquire from any other source, not even from The World Factbook. These Atlas sets, which have been in operation for the last five years, have important roles both domestically and internationally. First, it is actively used by central government and local government when planning space policy. Second, various contents of these atlases are being used for the development of K-12 geography teaching materials. Third, with the distribution of these Atlases through booklets and online sites, information about Korea has started to be internationally introduced accurately and in detail.

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