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01 Feb 2012

Sejong University Museum, Korea

Sejong University Museum, KoreaSejong University Museum, Korea
Sejong University Museum, in Seoul, Korea, houses a collection of relics and treasures from Korea's glorious past. This collection includes, among other things, folkcrafts, woodwork, costumes and personal ornaments, pottery, and works of calligraphy. The bulk of the Museum's resources have been collected over a period of more than half a century.
The history of the Sejong University Museum is almost as long as that of the University itself. In 1959, the Museum's artifacts were displayed in the "Soodo Gallery", located at the Choongmooro campus (presently Sejong Hotel), the University's original campus in downtown Seoul. A steady growth in the number of artefacts, however, soon made a separate museum building almost mandatory. The first four floors of the present ferroconcrete structure, constructed after the model of the traditional Baekje pagoda were completed and dedicated on May 5, 1973 with a total area of display rooms is 4,960m. The Museum's excellent collection including court dress, personal ornaments and pendant trinkets, Korean ancient paintings and calligraphy, archaeological artefacts and pottery, is unrivaled by any university in Korea in terms of both its scale and academic values. The Museum is designed to encourage and facilitate research in many academic areas including Korean culture, art, folklore, and archaeology by presenting valuable relics to researchers and students from all over the world. The Museum is now actively involved in various excavation projects, and plans to display the buried relics in the near future. The Museum houses more than 10,000 valuable relics and displays them according to periods. In 1998, the Museum displayed selected folklore artefacts. On the second floor there is a room showing a traditional Korean house and its interior and there is also the University history room on this level. Official outfits, military uniforms, and clothes worn by ordinary people are exhibited on the third floor. Archaeological artefacts, small dining tables, dishes are displayed on the fourth floor, and large woodwork including dressers or clothes-boxes on the fifth floor. Collection size:  About 10,000 pieces Collection: Korean archaeological artifacts, ceramics, paintings, Korean ancient furnitures, Korean royal costumes. Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia