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Dokdo Museum (독도 박물관)

Dokdo Museum (독도 박물관)

10150     2019-10-17

90-17, Yaksuteo-gil, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Dokdo Museum was built in 1995 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Korea. It exhibits the collection of Lee Jong-hak, the first director of the museum, as well as donations by groups associated with Dokdo.

The exhibits provide a historical overview of Dokdo, from the Three Kingdoms Era to the present. Gallery 1 features materials and maps showing Dokdo as being part of Korean territory before the Sino-Japanese War; Gallery 2 displays Japanese maps showing Dokdo as being a Korean territory, and Gallery 3 displays materials on activities of Ulleungdo Island residents to defend Dokdo during the Korean War.

National Hangeul Museum (국립한글박물관)

National Hangeul Museum (국립한글박물관)

20041     2019-10-16

139, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2124-6200

The National Hangeul Museum was established to preserve, inform, and develop the Korean alphabet, Hangeul. The museum showcases the history and value of Korean orthography, Korean’s most-valued cultural asset, through exhibitions, activities, and education. Occupying over 11,322㎡, the museum has one basement level and three ground levels, along with an outdoor grass field and resting area perfect for cultural events, exhibits, and education.

The museum is comprised of the Hangeul library on the first floor, a permanent exhibition hall, ㅎ Cafe, and cultural product shop on the second floor, and a planned exhibition hall and a Hangeul playground for children and foreigners on the third floor.

Gyeongju National Museum (국립경주박물관)

Gyeongju National Museum (국립경주박물관)

65836     2019-10-11

186, Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Gyeongju National Museum is loved by visitors and residents alike as it houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla Dynasty (57 BC - AD 935). The museum recently went through renovation, and the galleries and the exhibition halls have taken on a new look. In addition to improving facilities for visitors' convenience, Gyeongju National Museum is making efforts to contribute to the community and re-establish its identity as a museum by making efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities and improve management. As a significant cultural center, Gyeongju National Museum not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, but it also strives to take a leap forward to become a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.

Jeju Folk Village (제주민속촌)

Jeju Folk Village (제주민속촌)

97047     2019-10-08

631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
+82-64-787-4501

Jeju Folk Village is the island’s main tourist attraction where visitors can explore the Jeju's traditional past. With over 100 houses and facilities that were once actual residences, this attraction displays scenes of Jeju's village from the 1890s. The villages have been reconstructed following long-term research and analysis from Jeju history experts. An extensive range of folk items are also on display.

Myeongdong Theater (명동예술극장)

Myeongdong Theater (명동예술극장)

30896     2019-10-02

35, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-1644-2003

Myeongdong Theater is an exclusive theatrical performance center, which was renovated from the building of the National Theater of Korea. From 1934 to 1973, the National Theater of Korea pioneered Korean arts and culture, serving as a movie theater, performance hall and art theater. Though it closed its doors in 1975, it went through 3 years of renovation and opened its doors once again on June 5, 2009 under the name of Myeongdong Theater. Complete interior renovations were carried out, except for the outer wall design that was left untouched.

Since then, the theater have become a mid-sized performance hall with state-of-the-art stage equipments and 588 seats. The close proximity of the seats and the stage offers great views as well as allows the audience to share the passion of the performers on stage. The theater presents a range of performances such as theatrical plays, experimental plays, non-verbal performances, and musicals. In addition, the place is a popular venue for diverse events like acting contests, theater festivals and performance festivals.

Seoul Action School (Martial Arts Center) (서울액션스쿨 (마샬아트센터))

Seoul Action School (Martial Arts Center) (서울액션스쿨 (마샬아트센터))

16045     2019-10-02

18-61, Heyrimaeul-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-946-6746

Seoul Action School is located in the artist village of Heyri, Paju-si in Gyeonggi-do and has been training action professionals ever since its opening on July 1st, 1998.

Founders Kim Yeong-Bin (director and a screenwriter) and Jeong Du-Hong (actor and a martial arts director) believe that revitalizing action film is one way to contribute to and develop the film industry. They seek to identify new talents and train them to become more competitive actors & actresses.

Seoul Action School is the only action training institution in Korea that teaches not only acting, but also action techniques that can be used in a variety of film genres to help performers become even more marketable in the ever-globalizing film industry.

Jeju Museum of Art (제주도립미술관)

Jeju Museum of Art (제주도립미술관)

16026     2019-10-02

2894-78, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
+82-64-710-4300

The Jeju Museum of Art is surrounded by the beautiful and pristine nature of Jeju. The museum is the epicenter of Jeju art and reflects the local culture, colors and sounds of the island. It is a center at which locals and tourists can appreciate historical and recent artworks at its permanent exhibition halls, special exhibition hall and outdoor gallery. The Chang Ree-suok Hall displays 110 artworks made by the major Korean artist Chang Ree-suok. The museum also hosts various cultural and art programs

Jangseogak Archives (한국학중앙연구원 한국학학술정보관.장서각)

Jangseogak Archives (한국학중앙연구원 한국학학술정보관.장서각)

12552     2019-10-02

323, Haogae-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-709-8111

Jangseogak Archives was established by Yi Wang-jik in 1918 as a library for Korean studies. Since its opening, the library has housed archives of Korean classics and modern works as well as the Jangseogak documents, which were transferred from the Cultural Asset Management Bureau (now Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea) in 1971.

Jangseogak has a stack room, a space for collecting and arranging classical manuscripts and general books, a reading room, a room for references and genealogical records, a theses and periodicals room, an area for special documents, and rooms for filming, photocopying, and developing microfilms. It contains documents for scholastic research and education.

Most notably, the Jangseogak holds the Uigwe (287 types 490 books, or Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty, and Donguibogam (25 volumes 25 books/Treasure No. 1085-2) documents, which are both listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

Sancheong Museum of Herbal Medicine (산청 한의학박물관)

Sancheong Museum of Herbal Medicine (산청 한의학박물관)

7014     2019-10-02

45-6, Donguibogam-ro 555beon-gil, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
+82-55-970-7216

Sancheong Museum of Herbal Medicine is located at the foot of Wangsan Mountain, where the two prominent doctors of the mid-Joseon dynasty (1394-1910), Ryu Ui-tae and his apprentice Heo Jun practiced Korean Oriental medicine like martyrs. As Korea’s first herbal medicine-themed tourist park, it offers visitors a variety of health-related experiences. It is growing into a popular tourist attraction in the area by creating a wide range of recreational facilities including Museum of Herbal Medicine, a medicinal herb garden, a medicinal herb forest park, accommodations, herbal medicine facilities, shops, and more.

Opened in May 2007, the Museum of Herbal Medicine is the first herbal medicine specializing museum in Korea. The museum building has two floors above ground and one below on an area spanning 2,440 square meters. The Traditional Medicine Center on the first floor features the history of Korea’s traditional medicine, herbal medicine treatments, and experience programs. Meanwhile, the Medicinal Herbs Exhibition Hall on the second floor introduces various medicinal herb species and their benefits. The museum also offers various hands-on experience programs such as discovering traditional medicine appliances and books, and checking one’s physical constitution.

Donghak Peasants Revolution Memorial Hall (동학농민혁명기념관)

Donghak Peasants Revolution Memorial Hall (동학농민혁명기념관)

6511     2019-10-02

742, Donghak-ro, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-536-1894

The Donghak Peasants Revolution Memorial Hall was opened on May 11, 2004 in Donghak-ro, Deokcheon-myeon (in Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do Province) near the Hwangto-hyeon Battlefield where the Donghak peasants rose up against corrupt public officials.

The memorial hall has on display weapons and other items related to the Donghak Peasants Revolution as well as images of the battle. There is also a permanent exhibition room showing the evolution of the revolution and another exhibition room where special exhibitions are organized twice a year.

Africa Museum of Art (아프리카미술관)

Africa Museum of Art (아프리카미술관)

7384     2019-10-02

24-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-730-2430

The Africa Museum of Art was established with the purpose of hosting various art festivals and providing the grounds for researching various art themes. A major principle of the gallery is to promote works of art that actively attempt to explore the human mind.

Jeju Nanta Theatre (제주난타전용관)

24756     2019-10-02

56-26, Seondolmokdong-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Jeju Nanta Theatre opened in April of 2008, exclusively for Nanta, the non-verbal performance that has become one of the top cultural activities for visitors to Korea. The theater has 659 seats, and is connected with Nanta Hotel, complete with 204 guestrooms. The exciting rhythm of Nanta is a great way to enjoy an evening in Jeju, home to many natural attractions.