In every town there are smaller regional galleries, with local artists showing in traditional and contemporary media. Attempts at bringing Western conceptual art into the foreground have usually had their best success outside of Korea in New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.
Professionals have begun to acknowledge and sort through Korea’s own unique art culture and important role in not only transmitting Chinese culture, but also assimilating and creating a unique culture of its own.
These items were buried in dolmens with the cultural elite.
Additionally, iron-rich red pots began to be created around circa 6th century.
A notable aspect of Goguryeo art are tomb murals that vividly depict everyday aspects of life in the ancient kingdom as well as its culture.
UNESCO designated the Complex of Goguryeo Tombs and as a World Heritage Site because Goguryeo painting was influential in East Asia, including Japan, an example being the wall murals of Horyu-ji which was influenced by Goguryeo.
Comma-shaped beads, usually made from nephrite, known as kokkok have also been found in dolmen burials. Another Siberian influence can be seen in rock drawings of animals that display a "life line" in the X-ray style of Siberian art.
Korean pottery advanced with the introduction of the potters wheel and climbing kiln firing. Three Korean kingdoms, Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla vied for control over the peninsula.
By the seventh century BC, an indigenous bronze culture was established in Korea as evidenced by Korean bronze having a unique percentage of zinc.These murals were also the very beginnings of Korean landscape paintings and portraiture.However, the treasures of the tombs were easily accessible and looted leaving very little physical artifacts of the kingdom.The Korean art market is concentrated in the Insadong district of Seoul where over 50 small galleries exhibit and occasional fine arts auctions.
Galleries are cooperatively run, small and often with curated and finely designed exhibits.
Among the items were flame-like gold pins, gilt-bronze shoes, gold girdles (a symbol of royalty), and swords with gold hilts with dragons and phoenixes.