All the Korean tradition and culture are found here!
Museums are abundant in Seoul. Some are not well known, though they give valuable
opportunity to taste Korean tradition and culture. Why not take a look at these museums?
■ Onggi Folk Museum - Collection of the Korean Traditional Pottery
Onggi Folk Museum is a specialized museum for displaying onggi pottery with dark brown glaze used for storage and utilitarian purposes, and other earthenware. The museum covers three floors of a red brick building and an outdoor exhibition hall, and contains about 3,300 items. The basement displays onggi for daily products such as dishes and brazier, musical instruments and religious implements. The ceiling of the first floor is exquisite in that it shows about 800 kinds of Dancheong traditional paintings you can see drawn on the structural elements of palaces and temples. The second floor exhibits handicrafts of paper, wood, straw and metal for daily life and ceremonial occasions. The outdoor exhibition hall presents large Onggi items, farming tools and modern sculpture.
Inquiries: +82-2-1330 ("Korea Travel Phone" Kor/Jap/Eng/Chn) or +82-2-900-0900(Kor) / http://www.onggimuseum.org/(Kor)
Hours: Nov. ~ Feb. 10:00~17:00 / Mar. ~ Oct. 10:00~18:00
Closed: Mondays, the Lunar New Year Day and Korean Thanksgiving Day
Admission Fees: ￦3,000 won for age over 20 / 2,000 won for age under 19
Transportation: Seoul Subway Line 4 Suyu Station Exit 4. Take bus No. 6 or 8, get off at Seorabeol Junior High School which takes about 10 minutes. Walk down the street next to Seoul Bank about 100m.
*Get a hands-on experience in clay at the Onggi Folk Museum - pottery classes are available on Saturdays (10:00~12:00) at a cost of 40,000 won per month. Reservations are required.
■ Korean Embroidery Museum - The Art of Fabric and Needlework
Since its opening in 1976, the Korean Embroidery Museum has been engaged in collecting and exhibiting traditional embroidered works. The museum is small, but has a collection of more than 1,000 embroidered works from the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) which shows the splendid beauty of the traditional pattern and color of the Korean embroidery. Artistic exhibits include wrapping clothes, paper handicrafts, silk boxes, thimbles, bags for writing brushes, folding screens, costumes and etc. which have been displayed on more than 30 local and international exhibitions. The museum also contains the oldest embroidered folding screen in Korea and the national treasure No. 654, Yisipojogasa (one of Buddhist priest’s outfit). The museum is open at the visitor’s request and the chief curator keeps some national treasures. If interested, please inquire in advance.
Inquiries: +82-2-1330 (“Korea Travel Phone” Kor/Jap/Eng/Chn) or +82-2-515-5114 (Kor)
Closed : Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays
Admission fee: free
Transportation: Seoul Subway Line 7 Hakdong Station Exit 10. Make a left turn, walk a bit, then make a right turn at the second corner.
| ■ Pulmuwon Kimchi Field Museum - All about Kimchi|
Since its foundation in 1986, the Kimchi Museum has displayed historical relics related to kimchi, different types of kimchi, mock-ups of kimchi-making processes, and information about the efficacy derived from the kimchi fermentation process. Visitors will learn about the origin and history of kimchi through old books about it, old paintings and writings, and various types of kimchi crocks along with traditional kitchen utensils that were used to prepare it . Also various models show specific types of kimchi that developed in regions all over Korea. The Kimchi Museum also holds reference rooms, kimchi-tasting rooms (two different kinds of kimchi each month), and you can purchase good kimchi here, too. Nearby attractions, that are worth visiting, are COEX (Convention & Exhibition Center) and the COEX Aquarium, the Korea World Trade Center Observatory, and Bongeunsa Temple.
Inquiries:+82-2-1330 (“Korea Travel Phone” Kor/Jap/Eng/Chn)/02-6002-6456(Kor)/ http://www.Gimchimuseum.co.kr(Kor/Eng/Jap)
Hours : Tue. ~ Sat. 10:00~17:00/Sun. 13:00~17:00
Closing Day : Mondays, the Lunar New Year Day, Korean Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas
Admission Fees: ￦3,000 won for ages 20 and over / 1,000 won for 19 and under
Transportation: Seoul Subway Line 2, Samseong Station, Exit 6, connected to COEX Mall. Walk through the mall towards COEX Aquarium and MegaBox movie theater, then take the escalator next to the ASEM Pharmacy down to the second basement.
■ Seoul Museum of History
Newly opened in 2002, the museum plays a key role in showing the history and culture of the nation’s capital. In the museum are state-of-the-art exhibition halls with marvelous relics and convenient facilities such as a cafe, a library, kid’s corner, souvenir shop and coat check. The first floor exhibits items particular to the history and culture of Seoul and all donated relics are on display on this floor. Third-floor exhibits present the lives of Seoul people in the past, urban-development of Seoul, etc. Donated relics include old documents, paintings and costumes as well as daily items. These daily items are so alive and related to the very lives of the people of Seoul's past that visitors never become bored looking around. Especially fascinating is a time series of grand mock-ups of the downtown area, street by street and building by building, that show Seoul’s growth. People can feel delicate and realistic reproductions of various relics at the Touch Museum Corner, and try some of the things the Korean ancestors used to do and use at the History Learning Corner. This really is an extraordinarily well-designed museum, very enlightening. Furthermore, located next to Gyeonghuigung Palace, lies beautiful surrounding scenery. Museum tours with English guide are available at 2:30, which takes about an hour. The tour is subject to change, so you might want to inquire in advance. Visitors need to carry the admission ticket along the museum tour to show at each exhibition hall.
Inquiries: +82-2-1330 (“Korea Travel Phone” Kor/Jap/Eng/Chn)/+82-724-0114(Kor)/ http://www.museum.seoul.kr(Kor/Eng/Jap/Chn/Frn)
Hours : Mar. ~ Oct. 10:00-18:00 / Nov. ~ Feb. / 10:00~17:00 / One hour more on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Closed : the New Year Day, Mondays
Admission Fees: ￦700 won for age 19~64 / 300 won for age 13~18/ free for age 12 and under, and 65 and over
Transportation:Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 7, and 10 minutes walking towards Gyeonghuigung Palace.