Traditional Name Stamp

Carving Korea, Name Seals & Stamps

Have you ever heard of an oriental name seal? Name seals were originally used to mark ownership of one’s books. In East Asia people used a stamp of one’s seal to do this while in the West bookplates (illustration with room for a name) were used to show ownership of one’s books.

Beginning around the 15th century using seals in book became popular and in the case of old or nearly destroyed books the history passed down can be approximated thanks to the seal. Modern day libraries still use seals or something similar but personal seals are a must-have among book lovers

Some people may have stamps that have been made by a machine but these days people want their seal to have a deeper meaning. And what better way to do that than carve it by hand right here in Korea. If you have an important contract, your favorite books, a daily planner or diary use your carved stamp to show off your individuality.

Anyone may be able to make one, but not just anyone has one.

I invite you to experience the world of Korean seals & stamps, join us today!


Class fee: ₩ 58,000 per person

Meet the expert: Kim Jinmin

Graduate in Traditional Calligraphy from Keimyung University

Lecturer & teacher of Calligraphy, Traditional Seals and Traditional Calligraphy at the National Museum of Korea.

Lecturer on Calligraphy at Chung-Ang University

Holds special lectures at Kyung Hee University and Sungkyunkwan University

Produces the traditional fans used by KBS’s dance company

What you’ll do in class

Presentation (~20 minutes)

What is a name seal?

The culture of Korea’s seals

The structure of a seal

Types of paint

Use based on one’s status

How seals have become a form of art

How to make the stamp


Designing your seal (~20 minutes)


Make and carve your seal into the stone stamp (~1 hour 10 minutes)

(The stone used for the stamp comes from Liaoning province in China)


Trying out your stamp! (~10 minutes)


**A sharp knife is used to make the carving, so we ask that students no younger than high school age attend the class, and have their guardian's permission**

You’ll be going home with: your carved stone stamp, a fabric case and a fancy paper displaying your stamp and a bit of calligraphy from the teacher


Do you need to bring anything?

Nope! All materials will be provided.

Why we love this class

The stamp you make shows your individuality just like a well thought out signature

If you own a lot of books this is what you’ve been needing to show how much you enjoy and love your books

It makes a wonderful and personal gift for friends and family that want a piece of Korean culture

The high quality stone gives the stamp an incredibly long life


Space name: I Art Seoul / 아이아트서울


Address in English: 16 Noksapyeong-daero 46-gil, Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu

Address in Korean: 용산구 녹사평대로46길 16


From Noksapyeong Station: Go out exit 2 and walk straight. After a few minutes you will see an underground passage that will let you cross the street. Go through the passage and exit out on the stairs on your right. At the first street you come to turn left. When you notice a colorful wall on your left you should be right out front. The building is on the right, I Art Seoul, it has big glass windows all the way across the front.

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