Located past Yongsan station, The National Museum of Korea is the flagship museum of Korean history and art, as well as being the largest museum in South Korea. The museum houses precious Korean cultural assets that display the story of Korea’s history, all the way from the ancient era to now.
Be sure to check out the museum grounds with many environmentally friendly and beautiful rest areas.
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, mainly masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are on display. (10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, The Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Proto-Three Kingdom Era, Goguryu Kingdom Era, Baekje Kingdom Era, Gaya Kingdom Era, Unified Silla Kingdom Era, Balhae Kingdom Era)
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme, including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to the Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges, Traditional Ideologies, Society & Eeconomy, Kings & Nations, Documents, Epigraph, Maps, Hangeu, Printing)
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room, Paintings Room, Buddhist Paintings Room, Wood & Lacquer Room)
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room, Donated Cultural Assets Room, Kim Jong-Hak Room, Yu Gang-Yeol Room, Bak Yeong-Suk Room, Choi Yeong Do Room, Bak Byeong Rye Room, Kaneko Room, Yu Chang-Jong Room, Hachiuma Room, Yi U-Chi Room)
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room, Metal Crafts Room, Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain, Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi, Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea’s neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room, Central Asia Room, China Room, Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room, Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room, Japan Room)
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