I admit I have some catching up to do…
When there are a few consecutive days when I don’t post (as has been the case recently), it’s often because I’ve been out and about more than usual (a good thing!). So, let us return to last Thursday, when I visited the National Museum of Korea. Here are some highlights:
– gorgeous Thursday afternoon –
I had done some homework online, so I knew there were 2 ongoing special exhibitions that I might be interested in: one from the Louvre, and one entitled “‘Emperors in Istanbul”. Entry to these exhibitions costs money, while the permanent collections are open to the public free of charge. I didn’t go for two main reasons: first, I didn’t have enough time (I didn’t even get to all the rooms in the permanent collection…), and second, I will be in both Paris and Istanbul (hopefully!) within the next 6 months. I might try to come back to the National Museum of Korea, but it’s not high on my priorities list.
– walkway leading up to the museum –
– pond in front of the museum –
– entrance with a view of Namsan (Seoul) Tower –
– entrance to the permanent collection –
– main hall –
– 10-story pagoda –
– gold necklace from the Silla period –
– gold crown and belt from the Silla period –
– ancient Silla burial mounds –
– clay carvings –
– replica of the first world map made in the Joseon period (1402) –
After wandering the historical exhibits on the first floor for a bit, I made my way to the calligraphy and painting section on the second floor. Since it was mid-afternoon on a Thursday, the museum was quiet and pretty empty for the most part. I loved being the only person in some of the rooms — the feeling of being surrounded only by art on all sides is wonderfully peaceful and calming.
Going to museums is something I like to do on my own. It’s just one of those things that I appreciate more when I’m by myself. Maybe it’s because I tend to move through exhibits kind of slowly and end up doing quite a bit of thinking in museums. Or, maybe I’m just an anti-social, turtle-paced weirdo with my head up in the clouds. Either way, this was a great place to be that Thursday afternoon.
National Museum of Korea
Yongsan-dong 6-ga 168-6 (Seobinggo-ro 137), Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea,140-026
Subway: Ichon Station, Exit 2 (Line 4/Jungang line)
Admission: Free for the permanent collection (Main Exhibition Hall and Children’s Museum)