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Amazing Miniature Village at Lotte World Folk Museum

The Lotte World Folk Museum was situated deep inside Lotte World, a huge complex at Jamsil metro station that includes an amusement park, cinema multiplex and a shopping mall.

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The museum offers visitors a chance to experience Korea's rich historical and cultural heritage and it does this by combining moving waxworks, dioramas and scale models.

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These are split into several areas but most exhibits are within the History Exhibition Hall and the Miniature Village.
There was also a Traditional Wedding Hall available to hire, for wedding ceremonies to be conducted according to Korean traditions and rituals, as well as a Performance Hall. Both these areas were empty at the time of our visit however.

The History Exhibition Hall

Korea's historic eras are represented in numerous rooms in the Historic Exhibition Hall, starting with the Prehistoric Period. Exhibits and scenes of Korean life depicted fashion, village life and crafts such as pottery making.

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One display also illustrated the process of printing in Korea's history.

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There were also some photo opportunities for visitors such as this farming device for carrying crops (I think!)

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The Miniature Village

The highlight of the Lotte World Folk Museum has to be the whole Miniature Village which is one massive room full of scenes from life in the Jeosun Dynasty, recreated at one eight scale.

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Apparently, over two thousand miniature dolls were used to depict forty three scenes, divided into themes such as Seasonal Recreation Activities and Ceremonial Events.

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The Royal Court Proceeding was an especially elaborate display.

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Though other models were equally captivating (for me).

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On our way out, I only realised with hindsight that we had actually passed through another area of the museum, the Jeojagori, which was a representation of the market place in the Jeosun period.

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There were a number of (pricey) restaurants and some stalls selling a variety of snacks and toys. This was of course in addition to a few souvenir shops within the museum.

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More photos of the Lotte World Folk Museum on Flickr.


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