National Museum of Korea

Myeongdong, Seoul, Sunday 7 June The Mountain Fortress I am scheduled to meet a friend at 9:30 at Sanseong Station on Line 8. From there we take the bus (number 9) via a circuitous route through a residential area and up the steep hill to the main car park of one of Korea’s latest UNESCO […]

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Korea’s National Museum in top 10

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2012
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The National Museum of Korea makes top ten most visited global art venue, according to The Art Newspaper (via the BBC) http://bbc.in/GOytcN. The same article gives a special mention to the National Folk Museum of Korea in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung for four exhibitions attracting more than 9,000 visitors a day. Keywords: Organisations and […]

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Historical Korean portraiture on show at two Seoul museums

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2011
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Interesting feature on two exhibitions of Korean portraiture, including a 1617 portrait of “the first Korean in Europe” http://t.co/lVN629Bx, also http://bit.ly/r9fy9g Keywords: Organisations and venues: National Museum of Korea

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Victoria and Albert Museum lends Princely Treasures to Korea

by Philip Gowman 7 May 2011
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A glimpse into the lives of Europe’s kings and queens – the V&A lends "princely treasures" to the National Museum of Korea http://bit.ly/if49p0 # Keywords: Organisations and venues: National Museum of Korea | Victoria + Albert Museum

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The return of the Uigwe

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2011
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Ancient texts looted by France are home at last – the Uigwe once stored in the Oegyujanggak library on Ganghwa-do return to the National Museum of Korea on semi-permanent lease. http://bit.ly/fIFpeJ # Keywords: Organisations and venues: National Museum of Korea Other tags: Uigwe

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Korea’s treasures on show at the G20

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2010
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Nice idea for the National Museum of Korea to showcase these treasures to the G20 visitors at a reception. http://bit.ly/cgWHF3 # “In celebration of the G-20 Summit, the National Museum of Korea recently designated 20 masterpieces (dubbed the “M20”) among its vast collection of cultural and historical artifacts. Fourteen of them will be displayed in […]

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BM Greek treasures in National Museum exhibition

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2010
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Greek treasures from the British Museum will be on display in Korea's National Museum from 30 April in an exhibition entitled The Body Beautiful http://bit.ly/bMGXTp # Keywords: Organisations and venues: British Museum | National Museum of Korea Other tags: UK-Korea links

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The LKL Korea Trip 2009 pt 8: Galleries old and new

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2009
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Wednesday 22 July 2009 A pleasant late start to the morning. Im Jeongae from London’s I-MYU gallery happens to be in town, looking after the show of British artists at the Total Museum. We cruise the Samcheong-dong galleries together as the heat of the day becomes slightly cooler, and the daylight light becomes milkier. People […]

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The Pensive Bodhisattva comes to Brussels

by Matthew Jackson 6 October 2008
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By Matthew Jackson The centrepiece of the Bozar exhibition of Korean Buddhist Art, beginning in Brussels on the 10th of October, will be the Pensive Bodhisattva statue, Korea’s National Treasure No. 83. It is difficult to describe in words why the statue is regarded so highly as a work of Buddhist art, because its qualities […]

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The Sarira Casket

by Matthew Jackson 27 September 2008
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Matthew Jackson describes one of the Buddhist treasures in the Seoul National Museum. Of the few people I have asked who have visited the Seoul National Museum, no one has mentioned the Kameun Sarira Casket as the high point of their tour. When I visited the museum myself, even though I was specifically looking out […]

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Saturday documentaries at the KCC

by Events Editor 24 July 2008
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This Saturday there will be a screening of a short film entitled “The History of Gold” at the Korean Cultural Centre at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Each screening will last around 30 minutes. Silla dynasty gold earrings, 6th century AD. Diameter 3.5cm, Height 8.3cm. National Treasure No. 90, Seoul National Museum. Silla people decorate their […]

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North-themed update

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2006
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The Xinhua newsagency reports the cordial meeting between Kim Jong-Il’s brother-in-law Jang Song Taek and a member of the Chinese politbureau, as the DPRK’s tour of Chinese economic zones draws to a close. Meanwhile, Yoduk story, the musical based in a North Korean concentration camp, is a sell-out success. The BBC is now featuring the […]

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