Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Gyeongju National Museum

The Gyeongju National Museum displays a permanent collection of some of the Silla Kingdom's most valuable treasures. Divided into the Archeology Hall, Art Hall, Wolji Hall, and Special Exhibition Hall, the museum displays over 3,000 pieces. Some must-sees include the The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great (Seongdeokdaewangsinjong , National Treasure No. 29) and the 2nd floor Art Hall, which contains Buddhist art from the Silla Period as well as an intricate model of the nine-story wooden pagoda of Hwangnyongsa Temple. [visitkorea.or.kr]

Location: 186, Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

경상북도 경주시 일정로 186 (인왕동)
Open: 09:00-18:00 (Saturday / National Holidays: 09:00-19:00)
Saturdays March-December: 09:00-21:00

Admission: Free (but must get free ticket before entering)

Since this is already a provincial tour, where it's a bit rare to have English tour guides, don't miss the opportunity that they have free museum tour for foreigners on Saturdays (the flyer says 2015, but I did my visit 2016.  Contact: gjmuseum @ korea.kr for the reservation and confirmation of the tour. 

Same tip as before, refrain visiting from monsoon season on July.  Although this is just a short walk from the starting point at main gate to the bell to the main museum hall.

You'll see historical treasures from Silla dynasty such as vases (which proves progress of technology, where earlier creations has irregular tip, where succeeding creations has better regular shapes), necklaces, roof tiles,  and mini pagodas with hidden scrolls.

I like the most is the miniature of Gyeonju city with Namsan mountain on the background.

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