Inside the Gyeongbokgung area (although it has a separate entrance) is the National Folk Museum of Korea. Their brochure says, “The National Folk Museum seeks to further knowledge of Korean traditional culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting outstanding works of art”. They had several galleries about the history and culture of Korean people and their lives. When we visited, there was a special exhibit about the food of Korea, and they had interactive activities guests could engage in through digital and touch screens. I think it is an important space to have in educating people about our customs and ways. And it was especially a nice, cool break from the incessant heat that day.. like an oasis of learning.
In one of the galleries, they had a life-size model of what olden houses would have looked like. Here’s me sitting in what would have been the front common area.
We’re both pigs here.
Here are more pictures of things I found inspiring throughout the museum:
These are examples of traditional korean dishware
From the gallery about the Food of Korea, this is “The Fantasy Restaurant Series” photographed by Bonchang Koo in 2012.
Example of “Jangdokdae”, which is an outside space where a bunch of jars are gathered. Most often, these jars hold foods that are being fermented, such as dwaenjang or gochujang (soybean or red pepper paste). The jars are sometimes used to simply store foods for a long period of time as well.
Variety of Kimchi. When we think of kimchi, we most often think of the fermented cabbage but there are actually many variations and types.
Example of baby clothes. I’m assuming this is for a child’s first birthday/ 100 days, which is significant in Korea. You can also see the socks and money pouch that would go along with this outfit.
What coins would have looked like in the Joseon Period
Clay models of a procession that would’ve occurred in the Goguryeo Era
example of what people would’ve looked like a long time ago