Thorang-i: The tiger as a protecting power. Korea: Joseon dynasty, the Musee Guimet. in the Joseon age, Korea appears to have emerged from the shadow of China and established an identity of its own. Korean painting included a range of animals, each one a symbol. The tiger, a compassionate guardian that protected humans. Usually depicted as a gentle creature, the underlying belief was that it was a fearless and valiant animal that would prevent misfortunes and chase away evil spells.