Korea’s ‘onggi’ pottery sets world record
Published : Jun 29, 2011 - 19:23
Updated : Jun 29, 2011 - 19:23
Guinness World Records Ltd. has recognized a piece of traditional Korean pottery, also known as “onggi” in Korean, as the world’s biggest.

Guinness World Records, the world’s leading authority on record-breaking achievements, on Tuesday presented a certificate to the Ulju municipal government that declares the “Ulsan Oegosan Onggi” as the world’s “Largest Earthenware Pot.” 
“Ulsan Oegosan Onggi,” a piece of traditional Korean pottery located in Ulju, Ulsan, is examined by members of Guinness World Records in Ulsan, Tuesday. (Yonhap News)

The presentation came after Guinness judge Amanda Mochan took an actual measurement of the pot in Ulju, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

As part of efforts to promote the nation’s traditional ceramics, the regional government revealed the piece ahead of the 2010 Onggi Expo in the onggi village of Ulju in September last year. The earthenware pot was made after six tries beginning in March 2009.

“(The piece) will become the stepping stone to show off our traditional culture and history at home and abroad,” said Shin Jang-yeol, chief of the regional government.

The pottery is 223 centimeters high and up to 517.6 centimeters in girth, exceeding the qualifying measurement of 200 centimeters high, set by Guinness. 

(Yonhap News)