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
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).
(Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)