Sure, the term "Junks" might not conjure up images of maritime prowess, but in reality, these vessels rank among the most successful ship designs ever.
Originating in the Han Dynasty (220 B.C.E. –200 C.E.), this Chinese sailing marvel boasts up to five masts, adorned with square sails made from linen or matting, reinforced by bamboo strips. It was also the first ship to have a rudder, an innovation that made steering a lot easier.
Beyond just architecture, Junk ships were versatile, facilitating fishing, transportation, trade, warfare, and the exploration of Southeast Asia. As for its English moniker? It's derived from the Javanese term ‘djong’, which translates to 'ship' or 'large vessel'. Today, junks are still used in China, Hong Kong, and many parts of Southeast Asia.