Photos of Museums of Korean History and Culture, Korea

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Museums of Korean History and Culture

There are many museums all over the country, where one can experience Korea’s rich culture and history, using ancient objects and life-size displays of traditional life and ceremonies. The National Folk Museum of Korea, within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people, covering from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910. Among others, a traditional Korean wedding and the “Hwangap” 60th birthday celebration are illustrated with life-size mannequins. Similar displays are found in Andong’s Folklore Museum.

School class display
Wedding ceremony display
60th Birthday celebration display
The “turtle ship”
Golden Buddha statues
Dog shaped bedpan
Incense Burner of Baekje
Display of the court
Display of moveable type
Display printing the Jikji
Making of the brass letters
Display printing the Jikji
First Birthday display
Coming of Age display
Anbang ceremony display
Korean wedding display
Korean wedding display
Joseon life display
Joseon life display
Children building, Gyeongju Museum
Temple bell, Gyeongju Museum
Computer information, Gyeongju Museum
Jigsaw puzzle, Gyeongju Museum
Bell of King Seongdeok
Golden Silla Crown
Golden Silla items
Golden ornament
Seobongchong Crown
Silla jeweled sword
School class, museum
Model of Gyeongju
King Gyeongsun's portrait
Hwangap celebration
Shamanist ceremony
Display of “Haenyeo”
Display of diving platform

The Baekje Kingdom (18 BCE – 660 CE) comes to life in the museums of Gongju and Buyeo, while the Silla Kingdom (57 BCE – 935 CE) is celebrated in Gyeongju National Museum. The younger generation also discovers it with many “hands-on” experiences: building models, computer displays, puzzles and much more in the museum’s children’s section. And the Early Printing Museum in Cheongju brings to life the process of the manufacture of the Jikji, a Korean Buddhist document printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, the world’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type.

Jeju island, south of Korea’s mainland, is famous for its “Haenyeo”, woman divers of Jeju. Their way of life is displayed in Jeju’s Folklore and Natural History Museum and the Haenyeo museum dedicated exclusively to this unique aspect of the island.