a chinese iconic ship: the junk

The junk is a classic Chinese sailing vessel of ancient origin, designed as a warship but also used across centuries, and even today, for trade and maritime exploration.

In this blog, authored by Sofie Taes for Europeana in the context of PAGODE – Europeana China project, stories and curiosities are told about this iconic ship – whose silhouette looks so familar in any imagery of Chinese seascapes.

From early testimonies about junks to the epic history of the “Keying” crossing the oceans in mid 1800s, there is no need of being a naval enthusiast to enjoy these easy pills of cultural heritage.

Read the blog about the junk in Europeana website >>

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image: CC-BY-NC-ND Östasiatiska museet via Europeana.

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839