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The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관)

The Independence Hall of Korea (독립기념관)

45251     2019-08-19

95, Sambang-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
+82-41-560-0114

The Independence Hall of Korea displays Korean historical documents and relics from the past to the present, focusing on the independence movements of the Japanese Colonial Period.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.

Daejeon Modern History Exhibition Hall (대전근현대사전시관(옛 충남도청사 본관))

Daejeon Modern History Exhibition Hall (대전근현대사전시관(옛 충남도청사 본관))

1303     2019-08-19

101, Jungang-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon
+82-42-270-6303

Daejeon Modern History Hall opened to the public on October 1, 2013 at the former main building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government, Daejeon (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 18). Visitors can see various scenes of history and the development of Daejeon over the past 100 years from the early 20th century to current times. Daejeon operates a planned exhibition hall, special exhibition showcasing history, architecture, design, folk style and other varied fields as well as a rotation exhibition. Also, touring the main building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Goverment, music concerts and various cultural education programs are available in this cultural complex.

* Former Main Building of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government, Daejeon (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 18)
* Filming site of movie "The Attorney (2013)"

Danuri Aquarium (단양 다누리아쿠아리움)

Danuri Aquarium (단양 다누리아쿠아리움)

6804     2019-08-19

111, Subyeon-ro, Danyang-eup, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
+82-43-420-2951

Located in Danyang, Danuri Aquarium houses a lot of fish with a wide array of fish species from Korea and overseas countries, consisting of 13,000 fish of 83 species and 2,000 fish of 62 species, respectively. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of fish including Siniperca, a traditional fish from Namhangang River, sweetfish and Korean bitterling, as well as various fish species from other countries all in one spot. Also, the aquarium offers a special sightseeing point, in the form of a fish tank decorated with the theme of Eight Scenic Views of Danyang.

* Fish tanks: 127 exhibition tanks, 43 habituating tanks, approx. 915 tons
* Display state: 145 species from domestic and overseas countries, 15,000 fish (83 from Korea (approx. 13,000 fish) / 62 from overseas countries (approx. 2,000 fish)

Chuncheon Puppet Theater (춘천인형극장)

Chuncheon Puppet Theater (춘천인형극장)

17944     2019-08-16

3017, Yeongseo-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-242-8450

Chuncheon Puppet Theater is the only theater in Korea that features puppet shows for children. There are over 500 performances each year. Founded in 1989, the theater offers upscale puppet performances from various countries and special events through its annual Chuncheon International Puppet Festival in August. In addition to the theater, there is also a Puppet Workshop where children can make puppets as well as a Puppet Museum with exhibitions of various puppets from around the world.

Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall (전주공예품전시관)

Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall (전주공예품전시관)

20022     2019-08-13

15, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-282-8886

Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall (made up of a Craft Hall, Special Exhibition Hall, and Experience Hall), promotes the beauty of traditional Korean crafts. At the Experience Hall, visitors can create their own handcrafted items and observe masterpieces by artists and designers. The museum even houses a shop where visitors can purchase beautiful souvenirs produced by master artisans.

Busan Marine Natural History Museum (부산해양자연사박물관)

Busan Marine Natural History Museum (부산해양자연사박물관)

15759     2019-08-12

175, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan
+82-51-553-4944

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!

Daegu Concert House (Formerly Daegu Citizens' Hall) (대구콘서트하우스 (구.대구시민회관))

Daegu Concert House (Formerly Daegu Citizens' Hall) (대구콘서트하우스 (구.대구시민회관))

5783     2019-08-12

141, Taepyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
+82-53-250-1400

Daegu Concert House, previously Daegu Citizen’s Hall, is newly opened after undergoing renovations from April 2011 to August 2013 to reconstruct eaves and columns of the large concert halls and to build a performance support hall perfect for international concerts. The hall is equipped with sound facilities matching international standards. Grand Hall has 1,284 seats, Chamber Hall (small concert hall) has 248 seats, and the parking lot can accommodate a total of 387 cars throughout 215 spaces in the basement level parking lot and 72 spaces in the parking tower. In addition, the concert hall houses an exhibition hall, practice room, and community facilities. In particular, the Grand Hall offers vivid, visible, and acoustic effect by shortening the distance between the performers and audience so that it fits the international standard for concert halls with the best sound facilities.

Gangjin Goryeo Celadon Museum (강진 고려청자박물관)

Gangjin Goryeo Celadon Museum (강진 고려청자박물관)

13554     2019-08-12

33, Cheongjachon-gil, Daegu-myeon, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
+82-61-430-3755

Gangjin Celadon Museum was established in 1997 to preserve and promote Gangjin Celadon Kiln Site (National Historic Site No. 68) and Goryeo Celadon Cultural Heritage. Various exhibitions and educational programs are operated for Goryeo Celadon research at the museum. In addition, the museum opened an exhibition hall specially designed with a motive of color, pattern, and types of Goryeo Celadon and a Goryeo Celadon Digital Museum that aims to meet contemporary digital technology, allowing people to easily participate in the art of celadon with joy. This museum is considered to be an informative historic site to get knowledge of Goryeo Celadon through the past, present and future.

Hwajinpo Aquarium (화진포 해양박물관)

Hwajinpo Aquarium (화진포 해양박물관)

9358     2019-08-06

412, Hwajinpo-gil, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-682-7300

Goseong-gun’s Hwajinpo Aquarium is located in the Hwajinpo area of Gangwondo Province and consists of two exhibition rooms with one room featuring a total of 40,000 or 1,500 species shellfish including rare shellfish, crustaceans, coral, fossils and a stuffed specimens; and the other displaying 125 species of 3,000 fish living in fish tanks of varying sizes and shapes designed and equipped in accordance with the characteristics and habitats of each species of fish.

There is a 300 ton overhead underwater tunnel on the first floor of the fish exhibition room. The second floor is home to the Ocean Beach and Beautiful East Sea Exhibitions; the Invertebrate Animal Center along with a 3-D Theater that shows films like "Hwajinpo Becomes a Lake," "Ocean Day," and the "Amazing Underwater Trip."

National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

71854     2019-08-01

12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

The National Palace Museum of Korea opened in 1992 displaying relics from the Joseon Dynasty [1392~1910]. Over 20,000 royal relics from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are on display.

1. Royal Symbols and Records
The Joseon Dynasty attained Confucian ideals, and therefore, the king and his queen were worshipped as parents of all citizens. To elevate their authority, the Joseon royal households crafted various royal symbols.
2. Ancestral Rites
The royal ancestral rite was held at a royal shrine encompassing the ancestral tablets of the late kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. This was not merely a royal ancestral worshipping ceremony, but also a festival with music and dance, in the hope for the nation's eternal prosperity.
3. Palace Architecture
The palace was the living quarters of the king and his family as well as the center of administration where the king ruled the nation. The center of the palace in the Joseon Dynasty, according to traditional Oriental architectural planning, was featured at Jeongjeon. The main hall was the center of state events and political discussions, and the Pyeonjeon, the government office.
4. Joseon Sciences
The Joseon Dynasty strove to establish the legitimacy of its foundation to enrich the nation's economy. To attain these ideals, the dynasty unprecedentedly promoted such areas as the sciences and medicine while developing various weapons for national defence.
5. Royal Life
The king and queen were symbolic figures of the Joseon Dynasty, but they were also ordinary people who lived private lives within the palace. The palace was divided into various sections of living space such as the king's office, the queen's quarters, and the prince's study room. Each section contained appropriate pieces of furniture, which were made of the finest quality materials according to well-established criteria for the royal family.

Jeonju National Museum (국립전주박물관)

15463     2019-08-13

249, Ssukgogae-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-223-5651

The Jeonju National Museum was established in 1990 as an institute for the research, preservation, and exhibition of Jeollabuk-do’s most prized cultural treasures. The museum houses over 40,000 artifacts, a majority of which were excavated from the Jeollabuk-do area, and has on exhibit over 2,000 pieces spread throughout 4 exhibition halls and 1 outdoor exhibition hall. The museum also serves as a venue for numerous cultural activities and educational programs, providing visitors with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Korea’s proud history.

Cheongju National Museum (국립청주박물관)

8574     2019-08-02

143, Myeongam-ro, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
+82-43-229-6300


Cheongju National Museum collects and preserves national cultural treasures. The first thing to do when you enter the museum is to obtain various pamphlets at the information desk, from which you can get a lot of information on the museum. The Sangseol Exhibit is the most important place in the Cheongju National Museum. Here you will mainly see displays of artifacts discovered in and around the Chungcheongbuk-do area. In the first division of the exhibit, the Seonsa Room, you can see treasures from the Guseok Period, Sinseok Period, and Cheongdong Period. In the second division, the Samhan-Samguk Room, various artifacts from the houses and tombs of the Samhan and Samguk Periods are displayed. In the Unified Silla-Goryeo (918~1392) Room are displayed the clay pottery, metallic pottery, and gold artifacts used in daily life or related to Buddhism from the Silla and Goryeo Periods. In the fourth Joseon-Go Print Room, you can see the treasures discovered in Chungcheongbuk-do area from the Joseon Period (1392~1910), such as Buncheongsagi and Baekja ceramics. The most carefully decorated room in the Sangseol exhibit is the Children’s Exhibit. It was built to let children experience and learn the culture of Korea’s past. It is also a very helpful place for foreigners who do not know the folk culture of Korea. You can experience first-hand various traditional Korean sounds, such as Dadeumi sound. You can also see a traditional Korean wedding and funeral with all their associated customs in small miniature models. The funeral service shows “sangyeo”, which is not generally known to foreigners. Sangyeo was a device used to carry dead people to their graves. All the miniature models are very detailed and very charming. Besides these, you can try wooden mask printing and the Takbon, as well as tools used by people in the past in the Learning Room. You can try creating clay pottery here as well.