The Korean Straw Museum
he Korean Straw Museum is a unique place where people can see various kind of farming tools made of straw. Because Korea has more than 4000-5000 years of agriculture history, many tools had been developed out of straw and plants. But finding ancient remains of these tools is difficult.
The museum displays some of the straw tools that have been found. The museum was built in 1993 to restore original pieces. There are various kinds of dishes, cushions, baskets and other ornaments made of straw and plant leaves.
You can find items such as Seom, Gamani and Jipdok at the museum. Seom was made for carrying grain. They were made in different sizes to measure different amounts of grain. A long time ago people used rice as tax and the Seom was used to carry it.
Gamani is a container that rice, grain, and salt are stored in. A Gamani holds 80kg of rice. Jipdok is a pot made of straw and is very strong. Some of them are large enough to hold up to 160-240kg.
There 3,500 other items made of straw and plants at the Museum of Korean Indigenous Straw and Plant Handicraft. There are ornaments that are over 100 years old. Also the museum has 1,000 dishes that were used in memorial services, 200 sets of gates from traditional houses and 500 tops from all over the world. Because the museum is small you can't see all of these displayed at once but through planned exhibitions you can have a chance to view all of them.
Opening hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed on every Monday)
Admission: adults, W2000; children, W1,000; the elderly for free
How to get there: Behind the Cheongdam gas station at the Cheongdam roundabout, you can take a town bus from exit 7 of line 2’s Samseong station and get off at Donggung Wedding Hall.
For more information: 516-5585
Or visit the museum's Korean homepage at: zipul.org
The museum is scheduled to move to Myeongryun-dong in the northern part of Seoul in August.
(Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)