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The Influence of Western Countries on Hydrographic History of Korea in late 1700~late 1800s: Focusing on Coastal and Undersea Features Names in Korean Water

  • Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association
  • Abbr : JKCA
  • 2012, 12(3), pp.17-25
  • Publisher : The Korean Cartographic Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography > Geography in general > Cartography

Kyeong Park 1 Eunmi Chang 2

1성신여자대학교
2(주)지인컨설팅

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ABSTRACT

Many foreign geographical names are still found in internet-based maps such as Google Earth and reliable place name database such as GEONet Names Server. Those names are not currently used and are also unfamiliar to Korean residents. Those foreign names are most frequently found in coastal geographical names or undersea feature names. If we can trace historical origins of those names, it will be very important in terms of standardization of geographical names, of which one proper name should be given to each geographical feature. Western ships frequently visited Korean waters from the early 18th century; some were looking for trading opportunities, missionary purposes, or simply chasing whales. Both language barriers and isolation policy of Korean government kept western vessels acquiring proper Korean geographical names and they charted what they surveyed in their own language. Further studies on the role of Russia, Netherlands and USA which had not been dealt with in depth are necessary to fully understand the role of western countries.

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