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Neunggang Sotdae Art Museum (능강솟대문화공간)

Neunggang Sotdae Art Museum (능강솟대문화공간)

8034     2021-09-17

1100, Oksunbong-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
+82-43-653-6160

Neunggang Sotdae Art Museum in Jecheon is a museum of sotdae, ancient prayer poles with a duck or bird-shaped figurine on top that were usually placed at the village entrance. Many of these artifacts can be found inside and outside of the museum, which is located near the vast Chungjuho Lake. Other nearby tourist attractions include Neunggang Valley, situated at the foot of Geumsusan Mountain and surrounded by lush pine forests, rocky cliffs, streams and waterfalls. There is also Jeongbangsa Temple, which is said to have been built by the renowned Buddhist Monk Uisang, during the Silla era.

Hwamunseok Cultural Center (강화화문석문화관)

Hwamunseok Cultural Center (강화화문석문화관)

5007     2021-09-17

413, Jangjeongyango-gil, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
+82-32-930-7060

Ganghwa Hwamunseok, Korea's only rush-weaving handicraft, is a cultural legacy inherited from the Goryeo 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 Yango-ri in 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.

Museum of Oriental Embroidery (동양자수박물관)

Museum of Oriental Embroidery (동양자수박물관)

4055     2021-09-16

140-12, Jukheon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-644-0600

The Museum of Oriental Embroidery, opened on January 11, 2011, exclusively displays the beautiful works crafted by women of the past. Over 500 pieces of Oriental embroidery from Korea, China and Japan are on display, and another 100 Western embroidery works are also displayed in a special exhibition hall. In this cultural space, one can discover the aesthetic world of Oriental embroidery.

Silla Arts and Science Museum (신라역사과학관)

Silla Arts and Science Museum (신라역사과학관)

8250     2021-09-16

33, Hadonggongyechon-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-54-745-4998

Silla Arts and Science Museum, opened in 1988, displays miniature models of scientific cultural assets in order to explore and educate how these assets are formed and preserved.

Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum (배재학당 역사 박물관)

Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum (배재학당 역사 박물관)

9181     2021-09-15

19, Seosomun-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-319-5578

The Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum is dedicated to Henry Gerhart Appenzeller, the missionary who opened the first Western-style educational institution in Korea in 1885. The school started with English and core subjects, but expanded into the Pai Chai University, Pai Chai High School, and Pai Chai Middle School and has many famous alumni, including Rhee Syng-man. The memorial hall opened in 2008 in the east wing of the original school building, which was built in 1916 and designated as a Seoul Monument. With dynamically arranged permanent exhibitions, annual special exhibitions and special lectures, the museum offers a unique learning experience to visitors and people with an interest in the history of education in Korea.

The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin (충무공 이야기)

The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin (충무공 이야기)

13003     2021-09-15

175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-399-1114

"If you are prepared to fight to the death, you will live. If you avoid battles to preserve your life, you will die." - Nanjung Ilgi (War Diary of Admiral Yi Sunshin)

The statue of one of the best naval commanders Korea has ever known, Admiral Yi Sun-sin, was installed at Gwanghwamun Square to celebrate the 465th anniversary of his birth. On April 28, 2010, The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin was opened in the basement of Sejong Center to commemorate his life and accomplishments. Located next to The Story of King Sejong, the exhibit is divided into eight experience zones further focused on 12 themes related to Admiral Yi's life, ranging from determination and devotion to loyalty of country and countrymen. The museum uses the latest in digital technology to bring this great hero to life. Another great attraction to the museum is the turtle war ship made famous by Admiral Yi shrunk down to 55% of the real size. Despite the down-size, the ship is still big enough for guests to board and row the oars, with a digital display of the ocean waves playing on moniters all around for a fun 4D experience.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [MMCA Seoul] (국립현대미술관 (서울관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [MMCA Seoul] (국립현대미술관 (서울관))

59073     2021-09-15

30, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3701-9500

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul) opened in 2013 as a branch location of the MMCA, opened in 1986 in Gwacheon. The museum site was where many of Korea’s historical and political developments were achieved, both during the Joseon dynastay and after the Korean War. The Seoul branch of MMCA stands out from other museums through its use of Korea’s traditional architectural concept of "madang," a spacious courtyard where people can come and gather to socialize. The exterior of the building stands in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Inside, the museum is equipped with many facilities, including a reference center, project gallery theater and multipurpose hall. MMCA Seoul strives to accommodate every mode of new artistic endeavor and to communicate with the public.

National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

82155     2021-09-15

12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3701-7500

The National Palace Museum of Korea displays over 40,000 relics from the Joseon dynasty. With various treasures on exhibit, the museum continues to provide information on the dignity of royal culture and the creativity of royal cultural assets.

Bukchon Museum (북촌생활사박물관)

Bukchon Museum (북촌생활사박물관)

15724     2021-09-15

90, Bukchon-ro 5na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-736-3957

The Bukchon Museum displays items that have been collected from Bukchon, a historical village that was once home to the nation’s nobility. The museum was founded to observe urban development that took place in the recent decades through collected and preserved veryday household items that were used by Bukchon residents. Visitors are even allowed to touch items on display to better be able to imagine life in Korea before industrialization.

Seoul City Wall Museum (한양도성박물관)

Seoul City Wall Museum (한양도성박물관)

21196     2021-09-15

283, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-724-0243

Built in 1396, Hanyang City Wall, also known as Hanyangdoseong or the Seoul City Wall, has protected Seoul for over 600 years. Even though some parts were demolished through modernization, it has kept its original form well to be designated as a valuable cultural asset. Located inside Dongdaemun City Wall Park, Seoul City Wall Museum exhibits historical artifacts relating to the transformation of the city, and has a permanent exhibition hall, special exhibition hall, information center and multi-purpose lecture room.

Jeonju Hanji Museum (전주한지박물관)

Jeonju Hanji Museum (전주한지박물관)

28045     2021-09-14

59, Palbok-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-210-8103

Jeonju Hanji Museum was founded to promote the excellence of hanji (traditional Korean paper) and present how it has impacted the lifestyle of Koreans in the past and the present. The museum has an extensive collection of 3,000 artifacts and a database documenting the long history and superiority of hanji. The museum also hosts two special exhibitions every year with diverse paper-related themes.

National Hangeul Museum (국립한글박물관)

National Hangeul Museum (국립한글박물관)

21961     2021-09-14

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

The National Hangeul Museum was established to preserve, spread, 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 rest 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 Café, and cultural product shop on the second floor, and a planned exhibition hall and Hangeul playground for children and foreigners on the third floor.