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Gimhae National Museum (국립김해박물관)

Gimhae National Museum (국립김해박물관)

14262     2021-06-22

190, Gayaui-gil, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

The Gimhae National Museum was opened on July 29, 1998, in order to research and preserve the cultural heritage of the ancient kingdom of Gaya. The museum is at the foot of Gujibong Peak in Gimhae-si, the spot where the kingdom is believed to have been founded. The museum exhibits the cultural assets of Gaya, as well as cultural relics from the prehistoric age in the Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas, and the cultural heritage of Byeonhan, which was the foundation for the growth of Gaya.

The exterior of the museum is made using black bricks representing iron ore and charcoal famous during the Gaya Kingdom. There are two exhibition halls, while the walkway to the halls have approximately 1,300 artifacts in display.

The National Library of Korea (국립중앙도서관)

The National Library of Korea (국립중앙도서관)

30335     2021-06-21

201, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

The National Library of Korea collects and preserves many important documents and books, promoting a culture of appreciation for these cultural heritages. The library was founded on May 28, 1988 in the area of Seocho Park, later expanding to include an annex. The scenery of the park is beautiful and the atmosphere is very relaxing, perfectly suited to the pursuit of knowledge. For further understanding, the library also offers guided tours for those interested in library science. Many materials have also been scanned and are accessible online through the digital library.

Horim Art Center (Horim Museum Sinsa) (호림아트센터(호림박물관 신사분관))

Horim Art Center (Horim Museum Sinsa) (호림아트센터(호림박물관 신사분관))

22000     2021-06-21

317, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Horim Art Center in Sinsa-dong is a branch of Horim Museum, opened in Sillim-dong by the Sungbo Cultural Foundation in June of 2009 with the aim of bringing art closer to people. This museum has exhibition halls on the second through fourth floors, a museum shop, and lounge. The building, themed to look like comb-patterned ceramics, is a piece of artwork in itself. The museum aims to show the beauty of Korea's cultural art pieces.

Hwajinpo History & Security Museum (화진포역사안보전시관)

Hwajinpo History & Security Museum (화진포역사안보전시관)

5473     2021-06-21

300-1, Hwajinpo-gil, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do

Next to Hwajinpo Lake and a dense forest of pine trees lays Hwajinpo History and Security Museum. Its premier location near amazing ecological sites makes the museum a popular destination to pay a visit. Originally built as a summer house for former president Syngman Rhee in 1954 and used as a private villa until the early 1960s, the buildingw as left neglected after his regime was overthrown.

In July of 1997, the Korean Army remodeled the house, turning the place into a historical museum for goods used during warfare and other historical remains of former presidents. Adding auxiliary buildings and completing another major restructuring projects in February 2007, it became open to the public displaying artifacts exhibiting Korea's significant past and serving as a hub for security education.

Geological Museum (지질박물관)

Geological Museum (지질박물관)

13353     2021-06-21

124, Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon

The Geological Museum located in Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, is the nation’s first comprehensive museum dedicated to geology. The museum, established in 2001, operates with the goal of promoting public understanding and support of the field of geology, offering geology-related movies/videos, lectures and diverse hands-on experience programs. There is even a geology specimen center where samples are preserved for use by researchers.

Gochang Dolmen Museum (고창고인돌박물관)

Gochang Dolmen Museum (고창고인돌박물관)

9293     2021-06-21

74, Goindolgongwon-gil, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do

At the Gochang Dolmen Museum, visitors can view diverse relics and learn about the Bronze Age and the dolmen (tomb, gravesite, etc.) cultures of the world. In addition to a variety of exhibition halls, the museum also features interactive exhibit spaces that help visitors further explore the main themes of the museum. There is also a mock-up of an ancient dugout hut where visitors may take photos. Outside the museum is the Bronze Age theme park, which features a life-size prehistoric village replica, a dolmen experience zone, and an exhibition zone displaying a representative memorial service from the Bronze Age.

Museum of the ancient tombs in Daseong-dong (대성동고분박물관)

Museum of the ancient tombs in Daseong-dong (대성동고분박물관)

8418     2021-06-18

126, Gayaui-gil, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

Museum of the ancient tombs in Daseong-dong displays artifacts unearthed from the four excavations of the Daeseongdong Tumuli. Highlighting often overlooked relics of the Geumgwan Gaya, the museum has three ground floor exhibit halls and several underground auxiliary facilities. Main exhibits include a life-sized statue of a mounted solider and a statue of a warrior, both of which were recreated based on bones excavated from the tumuli of Yean-ri. The museum relies heavily on the use of videos and dioramas to help visitors explore all that the museum has to offer.

Seoul Art Center Gongpyeong Gallery (서울아트센터 공평갤러리)

Seoul Art Center Gongpyeong Gallery (서울아트센터 공평갤러리)

11073     2021-06-18

24, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opened in 1992, Seoul Art Center Gongpyeong Gallery is a 17,791㎡, two-story building with four exhibition halls. It is one of the main galleries of Insa-dong, displaying diverse artwork ranging from Western and Korean paintings to sculptures. Due to the great interest in Korean paintings, 2~3 of the annual long-term exhibitions focus solely on them.

Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) (국기원(세계태권도본부))

Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) (국기원(세계태권도본부))

48388     2021-06-17

32, Teheran-ro 7-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) was established in 1972 to spread knowledge and raise popularity of Korea's representative martial art, Taekwondo. Currently, the World Taekwondo Championships and various national competitions are held at Kukkiwon. Kukkiwon also serves as a place where coaches are trained, and offers Taekwondo experience programs for foreigners. The facility includes a stadium that fits up to 3,000 audience, classrooms, training institute, locker room and shower stalls, and more.

Seodaemun Museum of Natural History (서대문자연사박물관)

30383     2021-06-21

51, Yeonhui-ro 32-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Nestled at the foothills of Ansan Mountain, a natural resting area in the city, Seodaemun Museum of Natural History is the first natural history museum in the nation to be established by a government agency. Opened on July 10, 2003, the museum offers various opportunities to experience and learn about the environment. It also provides the chance to interact with animals and plants, teaching the value of life.

Cheongju National Museum (국립청주박물관)

9677     2021-06-18

143, Myeongam-ro, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

Cheongju National Museum, opened in 1987, collects and preserves national cultural treasures. The museum holds more than 42,000 artifacts with approximately 1,200 pieces on display. The museum has exhibition halls, outdoor exhibition hall, children’s museum and more, displaying artifacts from the Old Stone Age to the Joseon Period. The special exhibition hall holds themed exhibitions every spring and fall.

Seoul Science Park (서울특별시교육청 과학전시관)

11415     2021-06-18

101, Nakseongdae-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul

Seoul Science Park opened in July 2004 to function as a science education and training facility for students and teachers, as well as a recreational culture space for Seoul citizens. Admission to the park is free for all.