Friday, March 22, 2019

National Folk Museum of Korea

Walking toward the Gyeongbok Palace, I spot the National Folk Museum of Korea on the edge of the palace grounds and wander in.  This museum was established in 1945 and consists of three main exhibition halls depicting the History of the Korean People, the Korean Way of Life depicting ancient Korean village agricultural life, and Life Cycle of the Koreans tracing the life cycle of upper class Koreans from birth to death, including the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.

The entrance path to the museum contains statues used to guard tombs and the entrances to cities and temples.  Also, two Korean houses located on the grounds demonstrate Korean living arrangements.

 Guardian statues

Representative houses

Entering the museum, I wander through the halls and displays depicting Korean life, celebrations, and daily existence.

 Korean living

As I wander into other galleries, I see more exhibitions of traditional Korean lifestyle, and daily activities, with displays of Korean houses, rooms, and furniture as used in the past.

Korean daily life

The Folk Museum has been a great introduction to traditional Korean life and I've learned a lot wandering the galleries.

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