Deutsch Intern
Sinologie in Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Heyryun Koh 고혜련

Visiting Scholar

Curriculum Vitae

Heyryun Koh has been a visiting professor from the Korea Foundation carrying out her duties at the Koreanicum of the Institute for East Asian Cultural History (Sinology) at the University of Würzburg since the winter semester 2019/20. From May 2017, she was associate researcher at the Institute for Art History of the University of Heidelberg. Before that, she completed her studies at Ewha University in Seoul and the Universities of Zhejiang and Hamburg. In 2003, she finalized her PhD at the University of Heidelberg. From November 2003 to 2006 she worked as a research assistant at the Sinology Department of the LMU Munich. In 2007, she was appointed professor at the University of Busan, Dankuk in Korea. Since 2017, she has led a project that focuses on the relations between Korea and Japan during the colonial era. This project is conducted by the Research Institute of the Korean Independence Movement of the Indpendence Hall Korea (독립기념관).

Fields of Research

  • Iconography of Buddhist Cultures in Korea, East Asia and Central Asia
  • Cultural and folkloric studies of the sea deity Mazu in East Asia
  • Research of German newspaper and magazine articles during the Korean colonial period



  • (forthcoming) Deutsche Zeitungsartikel zu den koreanischen Beziehungen während der japanischen Kolonialzeit (Würzburg University Press, 2022).
  • Das Land der eleganten Faulenzer, drei Deutsche, die ins Grosse Koreanische Reich kamen (우아한 루저의 나라)., (Seoul: Jeongeun Mungo, 2021) pp.320.
  • German newspaper articles on Korean relations 독일어신문한국관계기사집 (Dog-il-eo Sinmun HanguK Gwangye Gisajib) 1904.01~1945.08. (Korean Independence Movement Research Institute of the     Korean Independence Hall (독립 기념관), 2019) pp. 371.
  • We read the Civilization by Library (도서관으로 문명을 읽다), Studia Humanitatis 6 (Seoul: Hangilsa 2016).
  • Ikongraphie der Maitreya Figur and Tusita Heaven 미륵과 도솔천의도상학 (Miluk kwa Dosolcheon ui Dosanghak) (Seoul: Ilzhogak, 2011) pp.379.


  • Western East Asian Studies „Forschungsergebnisse und Etablierung der Overseas East Asian Studies“ im Project von Nationale Research Foundation Korea. DB: https://weas.info (2013-2016).
  • “天津天后宮過會行會圖硏究” in: 當代社會中的傳統生活國際學術硏討會論文集 (2013), pp 339-340.
  • "A Restudy on the Iconography of Three Buddha Figure at Mt. Danseoksan" in: History of Silla (2013), pp.411-440.
  • “Iconography of Greeting (來迎) - maitreya Figur in the Northern Dynasties – Focusing on the Figure of 191. Cave at the Maijishan Grottos 麥積山石窟” in: History & the World 43(2013), pp. 25-51.
  • “The Legitimacy of Northern Wei Dynasty and Realization of the Thought of ‘King is Buddha王卽佛’” in: Prehistory and Ancient History 37(2012), pp. 31-62.
  • “A Study of Revealed Natural Concept in Huaxiangshi (畵像石 Han Dynasty Pictorial Carving)” in: The Journal of Chinese Historical Researches 76(2012), pp. 1-36.
  • “Iconography of Contemplating (思惟) Figure in Northern Wei Dynasty” in: The Journal of Chinese Historical Researches 72(2011), pp. 1-38.
  • “A Study on the Street Parade of Emperor Club” in: History & the Boundaries 75(2010), pp. 91-130.
  • “Functions of the goddess Mazu” in: East Asian Maritime History 9 (2010), pp.51-100.
  • “Das Shang-sheng Sutra 上生經” in: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 159 (ZDMG 2009), pp.105-128.
  • “Iconography of Ban Jieyu (班婕妤)” in: Journal of Chinese Historical Researches 59(2009), pp. 97-113.
  • “A Note on the Sea Route between Cheju Island and Zhejiang Province“, in: East Asian Maritime History 4(2007) , pp. 151-168.
  • “Empororfest and Mazu-temple in Choson Dynasty” in: Journal of Chinese Historical Researches 50 (2007), pp. 223-252.
  • “The Cult of Mazu on the Coast of the East China Sea ” in: Journal of the Island Culture 25(2005) pp.161-200.
  • “(transl.) Ein historischer Rückblick. Grund für die Seeverbotpolitik der frühen Ming-Regierung (1368-1644) und deren Aufhebung im Jahre 1567” in: Journal of the Island Culture 25(2005) pp.129-160.
  • PhD. Dissertation: “The iconography of the Maitreya figure with crossed legs and Tusita heaven, based on the Sutra about the visualization of the rebirth of the Bodhisattva Maitreya in the heavenly paradise Tusita” (PhD. Dissertation. Microfish: Signatur UB in Heidelberg: 2003 Q 37). Heidelberg: 2003.05.


The following courses are taught as part of the study programme ‘Koreanikum’:

WS 2019/20
Korean Art 1: Literary Painting and Calligraphy
Cultural History of Korea 1: Go-Joseon, Three Kingdoms and Gaya

SS 2020
Korean Art 2: Buddhist Art

WS 2020/21
Korean Art 3: Architecture
Cultural History of Korea 2: United Silla, Balhae, Goryeo

SS 2021
Korean Art 4: Handicrafts, Ceramics
Cultural History of Korea 3: Joseon, Colonial Period