|Yeongam Pottery Museum (영암도기박물관)|
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Situated at the foot of Wolchulsan Mountain in Yeongam (Jeollanam-do), Gurim Village is the center of ceramic culture in Korea. Legend has it that Wangin and Monk Doseon of the Baekje Dynasty were born in this village. Boasting 2,200 years of history, the village is home to the Yeongam Pottery Museum, which opened in April 2008 after renovating the previous Pottery Culture Center.
The Regular Exhibition Hall displays the history of pottery in Yeongam, from Gurim Pottery of the Unified Silla Period to works excavated from kilns of the Chosun Dynasty. Visitors can also participate in a hands-on program crafting pottery and can purchase local products and tea sets at the museum gift shop.
At the entrance of the museum is Siyu Dogi (pottery) Kiln (Historic Site No. 338) that produced the first slipware pottery in Korea; it was excavated by the Ewha Woman’s University Museum. The courtyard next to the kiln is decorated with ceramic chairs, tables, and pots.
The museum hosts diverse exhibitions focusing on pottery every year. Moreover, the museum is close to popular tourist attractions including the Wangin Historic Site, Dogapsa Temple, and Wolchulsan National Park. Gurim Village also hosts the Wangin Culture Festival every spring when cherries are in blossom.
|[Hand-painted art] Write your favorite poem or paint designs on a cup or a plate.
[Hands-on pottery making] Make a cup, plate or a vase using red clay
[Potter’s wheel experience] Pottery making using a potter’s wheel with the help of a professional [Pottery class of for hobbyists]
|Exhibition Hall Information|
|[Exhibition Hall No. 1: Permanent
- Displays Gurim Pottery of the Unified Silla Period and pottery excavated from kilns of the Chosun Dynasty
[Exhibition Hall No. 2: Modern Pottery Hall]
- Displays works by artists and by citizens from Hiragata, Osaka twice per year
[Exhibition Hall No. 3: Donggang Ha Jeong-ung Collection Hall
- Displays pottery donated by Donggang Ha Jeong-ung, the publicity ambassador for Yeongam
[Yeongam Pottery Shop]
- Offers daily used pottery as well as pottery produced in Yeongam to visitors
|Exhibition hall, Workshop and hands-on experience room, Yeongam Pottery Shop, Hyeongwan Hall|
|Admission / Participation Fees|
Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Yeongam.
(Bus schedule: runs 2 times a day, 07:10, 14:10 / Estimated travel time: 4hr 40min)
Or, take an intercity bus to Mokpo or Gwangju Bus Terminal and transfer to a bus to Yeongam.
From Yeongam Terminal, take a local bus or a taxi to Yeongam Pottery Museum.
(Bus schedule: runs 5 times a day/ 07:00 10:50 13:10 17:30 18:50, 20min-ride)
|gurim.yeongam.go.kr (Korean only)|