The “Nurimaru [World-Summit in pure Korean] APEC House” assembly-pavilion on the tip of the rocky Dongbaek Peninsula (on the western edge of the famous Haeun- dae Beach). This was built by Busan City to host its key meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit of key global leaders.
In the lobby of that building opposite the main doorway, confronting and possibly entrancing all visitors as they walk in, is a gigantic (6 m by 2.2 m) masterpiece of lacquer-ware inlaid with mother- of-pearl entitled Ship-i-jangsaeng [Twelve Symbols of Longevity]. This extraordinary artwork was commissioned by the city from Mr. Kim Gyu-jang, a famous master-craftsman of traditional artworks, who labored on its details for years. There was quite a bit of publicity when it was unveiled, that this new” motif of “12 Symbols of Longevity” could now be considered “official”. This is one of the most beautiful, amazing, monumental and valuable works of traditional Korean art ever made!