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Map Ch'ŏnha chido 天下 地啚

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  • Ch'ŏnha chido

Other Title

  • 天下 地啚


  • "The Ch'ŏnha chido (Atlas of the world) is a 19th century copy of the traditional Korean atlas produced in the early Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910). One of the maps in the atlas, "Ch'ŏnhado" (Map of the world), is a unique and popular China-centered world map seen in Korean perspective. The typical contents of the traditional Korean atlases during this period consist of the following: a world map bearing the title Ch'ŏnhado, a map of Korea, maps of the eight provinces of Korea, and maps of neighboring countries--China, Japan, and the Ryukyu Islands. Various scholars have attributed the imaginary place names in Ch'ŏnhado to Shanghaijing. Shanghaijing (Classic of mountains and seas) is a compilation of the descriptions of the ancient world of China, written during the Chin dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. The map of China in this atlas prominently depicts the Great Wall and the Yellow and Yangtze rivers. This map may have been derived from a map produced during the Chinese Ming Empire (1368-1644)." World Digital Library.

Created / Published

  • [18--?]


  • -  Korea--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Korea--Administrative and political divisions--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • -  Korea


  • -  Disbound.
  • -  Pen-and-ink and watercolor.
  • -  Printed text on verso of each sheet unrelated to maps.
  • -  Relief shown pictorially.
  • -  Title from label on cover.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
  • -  Sheets 1, 4, 10, and 11 exhibited: World treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 7, 2001-March 15, 2003.


  • 1 ms. atlas ([13] folded leaves) : col. maps mounted on rice paper ; sheets 30 x 33 cm. folded to 15 x 8 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G2330 .C45 18--


  • Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 84117116

Online Format

  • image

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Ch'ŏnha Chido. [18--?, 1800] Map.

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(1800) Ch'ŏnha Chido. [18--?] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ch'ŏnha Chido. [18--?, 1800] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.