One of the places we (our tour group) visited when I went to Seoul is The National Folk Museum of Korea. Located in the heart of Seoul and right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the national museum features over 98,000 artifacts and comprises of three exhibition halls.
According to the website,the Three Exhibition Halls are:
“1.) History of Korean People – which displays the representative materials of everyday life and customs in Korea from prehistoric to modern times.
“2.) The Korean Way of Life – which illustrates how Korean life of the Joseon period (1392-1910) revolved around the cycles of nature central to an agricultural society.
“3.) Life Cycle of Koreans – which traces the major events in the life of a Korean born into the upper class of Joseon (1392-1910) society.”
Credits to The National Folk Museum of Korea website that can be accessed here.
The National Folk Museum of Korea also holds open-air exhibitions and special classes such as traditional crafts workshop and traditional music and dance for foreign visitors. There is also a Donation Hall to recognise those who have donated family heirlooms permanently to the museum as well as a souvenir shop where you can find books, replicas, artwork, fans, magnets, pens, and the list goes on…
Here are some of the photos I took. Apologies for the picture quality as camera flash is not allowed inside the museum halls. Please click the photos to enlarge
The National Folk Museum Building
(I’m sorry I can’t remember the name of the mountain ;))
Clothes worn on 1st birthday (yellow and red hanbok for boy and girl, respectively)
I’m not too sure if it’s a funeral pyre. (sorry!)
Clothes and Head dress depending on position in society
Another set of clothes and head dress
Throne Hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace
I don’t have a lot of pictures because I forgot to take them as I read and looked through the displays.
I love museums and I am always fascinated by learning more about the history, culture and way of life of a certain place, country, group of people, etc. What is also so awesome was the fact that the things I used to just see in historical Korean dramas were right before my very eyes.
It was also cool to be allowed to take pictures inside the museum :) I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures albeit not really complete and comprehensive (some pictures have my face :). My last “Snapshots from Seoul” entry is coming up… Guess what it will be about?
Do you enjoy getting lost and immersed in museum exhibits? What’s your favourite museum? Care to share?