Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Asian Eyes' Korea - Seoul National Folk Museum

National Folk Museum of Korea 
within the compound of 
Gyeongbokgung Palace
         Day 2 - Nov/18/12, 10.30 am: We entered the National Folk Museum of Korea located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The museum uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people. The museum was established by the U.S. Government and opened in 1946 moved onto the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1975. In 1993 it opened in its present site, which was the former site of the National Museum of Korea. The building's design is based on various historical buildings around South Korea.
        The museum has three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artefacts  History of Korean People features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910; Korean Way of Life, which illustrates Korean villagers in ancient times; and Life Cycle of the Koreans, which depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture's customs.The museum also features open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for kimchi pots.
          We spend about 40 minutes some browsing through the artifacts and displays. It was full of information of the ordinary old Korean people life, and I came out wiser. Here are some photo I took inside the museum:
Location: within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Little M posing in front of the The National Folk Museum of Korea.
First exhibit as we entered the museum are the section on History of Korean People.

Some transparent outer-wear dresses on display.

More day-to-day-use wares on displayed with full information in Korean and English.
Kent, our tour guide, explained on the difference in Korean hairpin vs. Chinese hairpin. It is tough to became a tour guide especially to be a good one.
Ceramics and earthenwares were used extensively in olden times in Korea. Today kimchi are still being preserved in earthen jars.
A funny exhibit that caught my attention - 2 upside tree trunks being craved with faces
Miniature figurines depicting a wedding procession in ancient Korean time.
Replica of a wedding taking place. The bride had 3 red dots on the cheek. Per Kent, the 2 red dots on the cheek symbolized fist time marriage (virginity) while the red dot on the  forehead was to dispel evil.

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The father and mother of the bridegroom with the wedding gifts. Note the "double happiness" wording on the gift are similar to Chinese culture.
A board game called "Double Six Game" on displayed. Not very sure how it was played though, even with it's rules explained here.
A lady staff in traditional Hanbok dress explaining and showing the way to visitors in the Folk Museum.
Every attraction places have souvenir shop  at it's exit point. However most often we came out empty handed. 

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