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Jeju Haenyeo Museum (해녀박물관)

Jeju Haenyeo Museum (해녀박물관)

55727     2019-06-17

26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube to keep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in. Such women involved in the fishing industry are known to be scattered all around Jeju-do, Korea, Japan, and Russia.

Jeju-do has established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo’s haenyeo female divers. Exhibition Hall 1 is entitled “Haenyeo Diver’s Life” and has a restoration of a traditional haenyeo’s home, and her meals. Also on display, to show a more realistic view into their daily lives, are the various utensils used by female divers.

Exhibition Hall 2 displays a pair of haenyeo divers’ goggles and the fishing spheres they often use underwater. Her traditional working outfit is also on display along with various historical records and haenyeo-related materials.

Exhibition Hall 3 has an underwater theme called “The Sea” and displays the fishing industry’s culture. Traditional fishnets and fishing equipment are on display including small ship models and salt farm models.

The Jeju Haenyeo Museum exhibits various photos of haenyeo female divers and their activities, to provide an accurate picture of their lives. The Jeju Haenyeo Museum also has an observatory from where visitors can see an excellent view of the Hado-ri area, which has a garden with various sculptures and a resting area. The first floor lobby has a souvenir shop where visitors can purchase a variety of souvenirs related to haenyeo female divers.

Natural Heritage Center in Daejeon(천연기념물센터 (대전))

Natural Heritage Center in Daejeon(천연기념물센터 (대전))

4752     2019-06-13

927, Yudeung-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon

The Natural Heritage Center was established to help visitors learn about the value and importance of natural heritages through exhibitions and education on the methodical study of natural heritages. Fossils of dinosaurs' eggs and footprint along with animal and plant specimens and many other natural heritages are on display. With guidance by professional researchers, young visitors can learn more about natural heritages through hands-on activities, video education and many other experiential programs that are only provided at the Natural Heritage Center.

The center is developing more exhibitions through academic exchanges with UNESCO and various international organizations specializing in natural heritages. The center has an outdoor learning space with an eco pond, specimens of the dinosaurs' footprints and wild plants. It is also home to various treasured botanical species.

COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움)

COEX Aquarium (코엑스 아쿠아리움)

241992     2019-06-13

513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

The COEX Aquarium comprises 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with 3,500 tons of water volume, making it a large-scaled aquarium. It houses 40,000 sea creatures, which come from 650 different species divided into 16 themed zones. In particular, the highest number of sharks and the largest variety of species in Korea are living in the aquarium. An open-top water tank releasing anions in addition to 20 rest areas make this tourist site in the heart of Gangnam, Seoul a perfect healing place for local and international visitors.

Namhae German Exhibition Hall (남해 파독전시관)

Namhae German Exhibition Hall (남해 파독전시관)

1972     2019-06-13

89-7, Dogil-ro, Samdong-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

The Namhae German Exhibition Hall was opened on June 28, 2014 to display the history and artifacts of the Korean miners and nurses who were sent to Germany for work in the 1960s. At that time, Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an unemployment rate of 30%. The exhibition hall shows the sad and lonely reality these workers lived through while working in a far place in order to send money home to their families.

Jeong Jiyong Literature Gallery (정지용 문학관)

Jeong Jiyong Literature Gallery (정지용 문학관)

5570     2019-06-13

56, Hyangsu-gil, Okcheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do

Hagye-ri in Okcheon-eup, Okcheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, is the hometown of Jeong Jiyong, the poet who wrote the poem "Hyangsu" (Nostalgia). The Jeong Jiyong Literature Gallery is located next to Jeong Jiyong's birthplace. The gallery has a Literature Exhibition Hall, which is divided into four parts: Jeong Jiyong's Chronological History, Jiyeong's Life and Literature, Jiyong Literature Map, and Exhibition of his Original Copy of Prose and Poem.

At the Literature Experience Center, visitors can learn more about literature through various multimedia platforms. The Video Room shows a documentary about Jiyong's life and literature while the Literature Class is the venue for lectures, poem discussions, seminars, and other literature club activities.

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (리움 삼성미술관 )

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (리움 삼성미술관 )

92722     2019-06-12

60-16, Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, exhibits traditional and modern art works by Korean and international artists. The museum itself is just as fascinating as the art works on display, since its three buildings were designed by the internationally renowned architects, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas.

MUSEUM 1 houses traditional Korean art, such as calligraphy, paintings, ceramic arts, and metal craftwork, while MUSEUM 2 displays modern and contemporary art by both Korean and foreign artists. 

This is one of the places that the "first ladies of the Seoul G20" visited during the G20 Summit in Seoul in November 2010. This attraction represents the beauty of Korea.

The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관)

The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관)

44360     2019-06-11

95, Sambang-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do

The Independence Hall of Korea displays Korean historical documents and relics from the past to the present, focusing on the independence movements of the Japanese Colonial Period. Originally the interim Government Building of Korea in China, the building was brought over to Korea after the nation was liberated from Japanese colonial rule on August 15, 1945. The Independence Hall officially opened on the anniversary of Independence Day in 1987 and now boasts seven exhibition halls, the Circle Vision Theater, and other facilities commemorating Korea’s struggle for freedom.

짚풀생활사박물관 (Korean Museum of Straw and Life)

짚풀생활사박물관 (Korean Museum of Straw and Life)

94     2019-05-30

45, Sungkyunkwan-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Korean Museum of Straw and Life is a private museum dedicated to the collection, research, and display of materials and historical accounts of diverse straws and their uses in Korea. As Koreans' lifestyle in the past heavily depended on agriculture and cultivation of crops, straws and grasses were easily found and had many uses. The museum aims to educate the general public of how straw were produced and used by Korean ancestors as well their significance in connection with today's lifestyle.

Busan Marine Natural History Museum (부산해양자연사박물관)

Busan Marine Natural History Museum (부산해양자연사박물관)

15632     2019-05-22

175, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan

Opened on June 10, 1994, the Busan Marine Natural History Museum is the first and largest museum of its kind in Korea. The museum features some 25,000 marine specimens from over 100 countries around the world, including rare living species and those native to Korea. The museum opened a second exhibition hall in April 2003, and launched the Busan Fishing Village Folk Museum on February 23, 2007.

Marine life on display in the museum
The major exhibits of Busan Marine Natural History Musem include the largest existing man-eating clam, arapaima (the largest living freshwater fish), oarfish (a legendary fish that is said to live half of the month in the mountains and the rest in the sea), whale fish (the largest living of the fish species), jumbo squid (the largest of sthe quid species), a blade bone fossil of a dinosaur, piranha (an omnivorous freshwater fish that inhabits South American rivers), sturgeon (toothless bony fish species, whose eggs are often eaten as caviar), water monitor (the second largest species of lizards), alligator snapping turtle (giant turtle with strong teeth and a violent temper), spur-thighed tortoise (the third largest turtle in the world) and more!

Ulsan Museum (울산박물관)

13021     2019-06-17

277, Duwang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan

Ulsan Museum is an archive of the past, present, and future of Ulsan City. The museum facilities include a history hall giving a general outline of the city from the prehistoric to the modern times, an industry hall showing Ulsan as the industrial capital of Korea, and a children’s experience hall for educational purposes. This eco-friendly museum equipped with advanced exhibition and education facilities is a model cultural space to help establish the visitors understand Ulsan’s identity.

Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (제주 세계자연유산센터)

7095     2019-06-14

569-36, Seongyo-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Jeju World Natural Heritage Center was established to acknowledge Jeju Island’s value as the sole UNESCO World Natural Heritage in Korea. It is comprised of various facilities including a 4D video room, lava tunnel experience, origins of Jeju-do, and many other activities that visitors can learn and experience first-hand. Jeju World Natural Heritage Center is located in the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage in 2007, one of 20 ecological tourism spots by Ministry of Environment of Korea in 2009, as well as a Korean-style ecological tourism model.

* Opening date: September 4, 2012

Alive Museum (Jeju Island Jungmun Branch) 박물관은 살아있다 (제주중문점)

17782     2019-06-11

42, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

"Alive Musuem" is a cultural playground, consists of five themes namely - optical illusion art, media art, object art, sculpture art and provence art, where imaginations can be turned into reality. Visitors can participate actively and take many interesting pictures while posing with the art in a variety of fun and unique ways.