GyeongGi Provincial Museum

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GyeongGi-do’s Tradition, Energy, and Power
GyeongGi Provincial Museum opened in 1996 with the objective of preparing for the future by highlighting and passing down the history of GyeongGi-do and the traditions of its culture. Because of the museum’s dedication to the collection and preservation of artifacts, academic research, and exhibitions and education programs, it has steadily grown to become a favorite museum of local residents. GyeongGi Provincial Museum is now a place where visitors can enjoy learning about GyeongGi-do’s history and culture through its rich content. The museum also seeks to demonstrate the value and significance of GyeongGi-do and Korean culture within the world and to present a blueprint for future culture by discovering the historic identity of GyeongGi-do.
l Since 1996
l +82(0)31-288-5300
l 6 Sanggal-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, GyeongGi-do, Korea
GyeongGi Provincial Museum has six permanent exhibition spaces and one special exhibition space. Permanent exhibition halls include a hall of GyeongGi-do history, as well as halls for archaeology, art, documentary materials, folk customs, and a hall for donated relics. Each exhibition space describes the history and culture of Korea, including GyeongGi-do, through a variety of artifacts, including porcelain, literature, costumes excavated from ancient tombs, calligraphic paintings, and folk crafts. All exhibition spaces are organized so that visitors can easily and comfortably approach their ancient culture and history.
GyeongGi Province Museum has about 33,000 historical items and artifacts in its collections. The portraits of ancient and noted sages from ancient GyeongGi-do demonstrate the development of the Confucian scholar culture since the 16th century, and ancient documents verify that GyeongGi-do was the main stage of Confucian scholar culture. A quantity of Buddhist scriptures offer the means to guess at the development of printing culture in GyeongGi-do, and scriptures represent the region’s culture. The costume artifacts excavated from ancient tombs indicating the costume of the scholar-gentry and fabric research in the Joseon period are especially noteworthy artifacts in the museum’s collection. The museum strives to further excavate artifacts related to the history and culture of GyeongGi-do while maintaining, preserving, and conducting research of its existing collection.
Educational Programs
<Programs for Children>
  • Sangsang Go Go | A hands-on activity program where children excavate ruins and stones of the Bronze Age.
  • Go! Adventurers of History in Textbooks | Geared toward elementary school groups, this program teaches history through textbooks.
  • Find Secrets in the Exhibition Hall | A program designed to deepen children’s understanding of the museum’s main exhibitions as well as its special exhibitions.
  • Dong Dong Ha Ha | A program designed for kids on vacation, based on themes of the special exhibitions.
<Programs for Youth>
  • Dialog with Our History | A program linked to the middle school’s free term system, and providing chances to become acquainted with history and culture through the museum’s career search.
  • Open Future Museum School | A career experience program linked to the middle school’s free term system (in Yongin).
  • Fly Youth | Life lessons that help third-year high school students build strong life values
  • Find Hidden Traditional Culture | Special program for summer vacation providing educational experiences related to traditional culture.
<Programs for Adults>
  • Museum Academy | A biennial 10-week history and culture lecture program taught by experts in different fields.
  • Museum Teacher Training Program | A program providing teachers with information on museum cultural content that can be linked with schools during vacation.
<Social Welfare Programs>
  • The Moving GyeongGi Provincial Museum | An educational program in which museum buses visit different places such as elementary schools, special education schools, and welfare institutions to reach residents who cannot visit the museum.
  • Museum Club | Museum Folk Painting School, a folk painting class that encompasses both the traditional and contemporary worlds, and Boudoir Craft School, where participants experience Korean boudoir crafts of Joseon Period.
  • Calendrical Ritual Experience | Provides the opportunity to experience GyeongGi-do’s calendrical rituals of the New Year and Chuseok
  • Cultural Assets Drawing Contest for Elementary School Kids | A drawing contest of cultural assets in the museum open to elementary school children in the province.

Recent Exhibitions
  • The Costume, the Pattern of Joseon Dynasty | This 20th-anniversary special exhibition of GyeongGi Provincial Museum displays the elegance and the beauty of our clothes with a focus on the patterns that appear in the costumes and textiles of the Joseon Dynasty. (Nov. 11, 2016 — April . 16, 2017)
  • What Is GyeongGi Folk Culture? | A special exhibition prepared using the results of academic investigation and research studies conducted by the GyeongGi Provincial Museum and the National Folk Museum of Korea. This exhibition was planned in order to discover the folklore, traditions, and ways of life, including work and recreation, of the lives that have continued on throughout GyeongGido(Nov. 18, 2015 — Feb. 8, 2016 )
  • Treasures of GyeongGi | “Treasures of GyeongGi” was planned with the intention of announcing the full-scale preparation of the 2018 GyeongGi Millennium, with national treasures and precious cultural assets that represent GyeongGi-do’s thousand-year-culture. (April 22, 2015 — June 21, 2015)
  • Special Exhibition for Traditional Wooden Furniture —GyeongGi Style | This exhibition seeks the identity of our daily culture by revealing the characteristics and specifications of the traditional wooden furniture of GyeongGi-do. (Sept. 28, 2012 — Nov. 25, 2012)
Major Collection Pieces
  • Book landscape drawing folding screen | This is one of the earliest examples of book landscape drawing. It is a work by the artist Jang Han Jong, with his seal subtly proving his authorship.
  • Folding screen of Heonjong Garye Jinhado (King Heonjong’s Wedding Celebration) | The painting describes the scene in which King Heonjong receives congratulations from government officers after wedding his new wife Queen Hyojeong in 1844. The multidimensional depiction of the royal palace and splendid and dignified scene of the evnt were drawn on an 8-fold screen.
  • Rank badge with tiger design | The first actual object excavated apart from those in literature and portraits. A variety of patterns including a tiger and a leopard are dynamically featured.
  • Portrait of Sim Hwanji | A portrait of Sim Hwanji (1730 — 1802), an influential politician of the Old Doctrine Party in the late Joseon period. This outstanding example of a 19th-century portrait shows a distinguished shading of the face and clothing and splendid application of color.