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Beautifully Presented Artefacts at the National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea was a spacious, modernist construction housing many of Korea's ancient treasures. Opening in 2005, the place took eight years to build and contains a Childrens's museum in the West Wing, whilst the East Wing displays all the permanent exhibits.

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Located close to Ichon metro station (Line 1 or 4), the museum doesn't cost anything to enter though tickets do have to be acquired from a box office first, located a short distance from the museum plaza and the entrance to either wing.

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The East Wing has three floors and starting at the bottom, we explored the Archaeological Gallery and the Historical Gallery. The second floor contained examples of Fine Art and a Donation Gallery featuring items from Japanese collectors. The third and final floor collects a whole host of Buddhist sculptures great and small and a gallery presenting a range of art from other Asian countries as well as Korea.

I have to admit that though history and context are essential to place, understand and fully appreciate museum artefacts, I often forego this information and purely concentrate on what I like the look of and can photograph. And within the National Museum of Korea, there was plenty!

These animal figures at the top of the page, I found to be creative, as were the following, simpler figures.

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A buddha from the many on show on the third floor and a female figure.

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Miniature pottery buildings were dinky and interesting with a fair amount of detail.

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A contrast to the multi-storey scaling pagoda sculpture at one end of the exhibition hall!

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Stamps and their containers..

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Unusual bowls and containers, lit perfectly!

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Animal skulls.

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And animal sculptures. Believe it or not, this is one part of a very hard-looking wooden head rest! (Maybe the pillow disintegrated.)

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A throne and some traditional architecture.

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More photos of the National Museum of Korea on Flickr.


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