Art of Asia

This section looks at the art and cultures of Imperial China (for ancient China please see the section, "Ancient Art and Civilizations" above), Hindu and Buddhist from South Asia, the great temple and palace complexes of Southeast Asia, and the art and architecture of Korea and Japan. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker of Smarthistory together with leading art historians, and our museum partners have created hundreds of short engaging conversational videos and articles, making Khan Academy one of the most accessible and extensive resources for the study of the history of art.
Community Questions

A beginner's guide to Asian art and culture

Here you'll find introductions to both Hindu and Buddhist art and culture.


Imperial Chinese history begins in the 3rd century B.C.E. with Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China and ends with the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.


Explore the Royal Palaces of Seoul, monastic practices that keep traditional painting alive, the ancient temples of Nara, and the conservation of the Gan Ku Tiger Scroll in the British Museum.


South Asia

This section includes both Hindu and Buddhist art.

Southeast Asia

Discover the extraordinary art and architecture of this vast region which includes palaces, temples and mosques inspired by the Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic religions.

The Himalayas