Traditional Korean totem poles carved on campus

We were delighted to help facilitate the carving of traditional Korean totem poles on campus on Sunday 10 March, as part of events to celebrate 40 years of Korean Studies teaching at the University. 

Traditional Korean totem poles

Artist Jinsik Kim travelled from Korea to carve the totem poles on the day with wood provided by our Landscape team and carving supervised by Alan Henderson, Tree and Landscape Supervisor. 

A procession of the totem poles was led to outside of Corporate Information and Computing Services on Hounsfield Road, where they will become a permanent feature of the campus.

The carving was just one part of a day of events celebrating Korean culture hosted by the University of Sheffield – one of Europe’s leading academic centres for research and teaching on Korea. The second annual Korea Day – organised by students from the Korean Society in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre – celebrated 40 years of Korean Studies teaching at the University's School of East Asian Studies.