Rice in Korea

  • Hahnee Hahm
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3934-5_10280-1


Korea is a mountainous country, consisting of high mountains, hills, and valleys. Extended plains can be found on the western side of the Korean peninsula, where major rivers meet the West Sea. From the north to the south, Anju Bakcheon plains developed around the estuary of Cheongcheon river, Pyeongyang plains in the Daedong river, Jaeryeong plains in the Jaeryeong river, Yeonbaek plains between the Jaeryeong and Yeseong rivers, Gimpo plains in the Han river, Pyeongtaek plains in the Anseong river, Nonsan plains in the Geum river, Honam plains between Mangyeong and Dongjin rivers, Naju plains in Yeoungsan river, and Gimhae plains in the Nakdong river.


Rice planting in Korea can be traced back to 1000 or 2000 B.C. Archaeological evidence shows that people living on the Korean peninsula started to plant rice from the later period of the Neolithic Age or the early Bronze Age (National Museum of Korea [NMK], 2000, p. 11). In recent years, newly excavated archaeological...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chonbuk National UniversityJeollabuk-doSouth Korea