Korean traditional bronze tableware. Source: bong / Adobe Stock.

Price of Perfection: Why Hand-Forged Korean Bronze Tableware is so Expensive (Video)


In a world where mass-produced, disposable items have become the norm, traditional crafts hold a certain allure. Bangjja yugi, the hand-forged bronze tableware from Korea, is a shining example of this. With its intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail and impressive metallurgy, it is a testament to the skills of master craftsmen who have passed down their knowledge through generations. Its craftsmanship so respected, that for generations its use was limited to the upper class .

But as we marvel at the beauty of these pieces, we can't help but wonder why they are so labor-intensive and expensive. What makes them worth the time and effort, and why do they continue to hold such a special place in Korean culture ?

Top image: Korean traditional bronze tableware. Source: bong / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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