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Horim Museum
A great place for national treasure-like pottery and earthy smells.

orim Museum, located in Shillim-dong Gwanak-gu Seoul, is one of Korea's best private museums. The artifacts in this museum are so remarkable that Robert Anderson, who is the director of the British Museum, decided he had to pay a visit. The most remarkable displays in the museum are earthenware and ceramic pots, of which there are over 10,000 pieces on display including 5,000 earthenware pots, 3700 ceramic pots, 1,.700 paintings, and 500 metal craft work. Included in the collection is the Buncheongsagi (celadon porcelain fired after covering it in white earth), which is National Treasure Number 179. Additionally, there are eight more national treasures and 36 valuable rarities. For such works, Horim museum is viewed as one of the best in its field, and is visited by many scholars in the archeology, history and literature fields.

The museum fills two floors, a basement and ground floor. There are four private exhibition halls, one project exhibition hall, an outdoor exhibition hall, a seminar hall and a data room for study. In the antique room, there are various earthenware pieces from ancient times and one can also find metal craft work such as a gold crown. The chicken-shaped earthenware from the 3rd century, bone pottery, and black celadon porcelain, all representative Korean pottery work attract the most people.

In the Metal craft workroom there are Buddhist statues and altar fittings from both the ancient and modern times as well as and other remains. In the painting and general room, there are portraits, and landscape paintings that can help in understanding Buddhism and its influence on Korea.

Horim museum was established by a businessman, named Yun Jang-seop, to prevent Korean remains from being carried out of Korea.

  • Opening hours: 10:00am-5:00pm, closed on Mondays
  • Admission: Adult, W3,000; Student (under 18), W1,000
  • How to get there: Go out from exit number 5 of subway line 2 at Shillim station then get on the bus numbers 5, 9, 114, 150 (2 stops away).
  • Telephone: 858-8309

    (Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)

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