Rethinking Methodology of Regional Geography in the Korean Traditional Geographical Thoughts

한국 전통지리 사상에서의 지역지리 연구방법론의 재조명

  • Park, Tae-Hwa (Department of Geography Education, Kyungpook National University)
  • 박태화 (경북대학교 지리교육과)
  • Published : 2002.06.30


The traditional methodology of Korean regional studies had been shifted by geographic thoughts and philosophy as follows; Environmentalism or Environmental determinism stemming from geomancy were dominant methodology in the Korea era. An idiographic approach was introduced based on the encyclopedic description of geographic factors of villages for the centeralization of power in the Chosun era. A systematic geography that pursues scientific laws of regional differences which results from the interactions of human and nature had emerged through field works of some practical school in the later Chosun era.