137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
The National Museum of Korea houses a vast collection of over 220,000 million artifacts from ancient times to the modern era in a wide range of topics, including art and culture. The museum houses a Children's Museum, where visitors can learn more about the nation's history through educational programs and experiences. The outdoor grounds feature pagodas and other stone artworks too large to be on display inside.
In addition to galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces, the National Museum of Korea is the stage for a number of cultural activities related to collection, preservation, research and analysis, social training, academic publications, intercultural exchange programs, concerts, and more.
26, Cheongnyang-ro 160beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
With a 60-year history, Incheon Metropolitan City Museum has served as a cultural space for Incheon citizens and was reopened on July 10, 2006 with even more more spacious exhibition halls and facilities.
The museum provides exhibitions, musical performances and other cultural and social events for the public. Close to Incheon Palmido Island, the museum allows visitors to learn the history of Incheon, which played a significant role in protecting the Korean peninsula from many invasions in the past, as well as enjoy the breathtaking ocean view.
Incheon Metropolitan City Museum is dedicated to research and regional preservation programs founded within the region’s site, and offers many ancient artifact exhibitions hard to find elsewhere.
149, Yesul-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon
The Incheon Culture & Arts Center, in operation since April 8, 1994, contains a performance hall, exhibition room, and conference room. Over 2,000 people can watch performances held on the center's three stages. The conference room has seating for 144 people and is used for a variety of national and international events. As an influential force of arts and culture in the Incheon area, the center is home to a municipal orchestra, choir, dance corps, and a theater troupe.
5, Seohojeong-gil, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Yeongam Pottery Museum is dedicated to promoting the history of pottery in Korea, starting from the oldest known pottery coming from the Gurim village. Visitors can learn about the history of this art form through exhibitions, educational programs, and hands-on experiences. Locally produced pottery is also available for sale. Moreover, the museum is close to popular tourist attractions including the Wangin Historic Site, Dogapsa Temple, and Wolchulsan National Park.
100, Dongni-ro, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
The Gochang Pansori Museum was established in the old residence of ‘Dongni’ Sin Jae-Hyo (a musical theorist and arranger and a sponsor of Pansori) with the aim of honoring the great Pansori singers of the past (including Sin Jae-Hyo) and preserving and developing the indigenous tradition of Pansori. Of the original rooms of the residence only Sarangchae (an annex where men used to study or welcome guests) has been renovated and is open to the public. Right next to Sarangchae is the Dongni Gugakdang (Korean Traditional Music Hall).
Over 1,000 pieces related to Pansori and great local singers are on display at the museum, included personal possessions once owned by Sin Jae-Hyo (penname ‘Dongni’). For those interested in learning more about the traditional art of Pansori music or experiencing high-quality Pansori, the Gochang Pansori Museum is a must-visit travel destination.
994-19, Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Ganghwa History Museum opened in 2010, and is located inside Ganghwa Dolmen Park, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Historic Site No. 137.
The museum aims to exhibit, preserve and educate about the history and culture of Ganghwa from prehistoric ages to modern times based on artifacts from the area.
413, Jangjeongyango-gil, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Ganghwa Hwamunseok, Korea's only rush-weaving handicraft, is a cultural legacy inherited from Goryeo (the ancient Korean state) period, and is a product that is exclusively produced in Ganghwa-gun.
To preserve and develop its historic rush-weaving handicrafts, Ganghwa-gun constructed Hwamunseok Cultural Center at Yangoh-ri Songhae-myeon, the craft's place of origin.
Visitors to the cultural center will be able to view the individual features and transformations of Hwamunseok in addition to the past, present and future of rush-weaving handicrafts.
369, Tongiljeonmangdae-ro, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Although the DMZ Museum was established in memory of a painful past, the museum today embraces everything about the latest efforts made to transform the DMZ from a place of political scars to a symbol of peace and ecology.
The museum features exhibition halls arranged under a number of different themes that underscore the historical significance of the DMZ and its value as a treasure trove of ecology for the future.
100, Miryangdaegongwon-ro, Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Miryang Museum features cultural items and materials of the Nakdonggang River area. The purpose of the museum is to effectively preserve, exhibit, and acknowledge the history and culture of the area
through collecting, researching, investigating and organizing the items on display. In addition, the museum was established to enhance cultural nostalgia and contribute to public education.
The museum is comprised of several halls, including a permanent exhibition hall and a temporary exhibition hall, showing the history of Miryang during the Samhan era and the Joseon dynasty. Collections include various cultural assets designated by Gyeongsangnam-do, as well as an exhibit-style storage of literary works, and folk and daily relics.
129-7, Imosan-ro 372beon-gil, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Located in Icheon City, Gyeonggi-do, the Pig Museum is the first of its kind in Asia. Village chief and an expert of pig artificial insemination Lee Jong-yeong founded the museum on November 14, 2011. Some 5,000 pig-related articles from 18 different countries are on exhibit. Visitors can also enjoy pig performances and participate in hands-on experience programs such as making sausage.
36, Yongnamhaean-ro, Yongnam-myeon, Gyeongsangnam-do
Tongyeong has been known for Najeonchilgi (mother-of-pearl crafts) for over four centuries. Naturally, Ottchil Art Museum (“Ottchil” meaning “lacquer”) showcases the best of mother-of-pearl crafts of Tongyeong.
Since prehistoric times, Najeonchilgi (along with its precursor, Chaehwachilgi) has formed the essence of traditional crafts. It refers to crafts employing mother-of-pearl. During the Goryeo Period (918-1392), Najeonchilgi blossomed into a national art; it evolved into a folk art during the Joseon Period (1392-1910).
The museum displays a mixture of daily use crafts and contemporary lacquer art (including formative art pieces), both employing the finest lacquer extracted from lacquer trees. The displayed items provide visitors with an opportunity to appreciate the elegance of traditional Korean crafts.
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.