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Exploring the National Museum of Korea 미리 가 본 국립 중앙 박물관
by Myung-sook oh
   176 p
   March, 2013
   14.8 X 21.0cm│soft cover
   13,000 KRW

A Museum Guide Provided with
Vivid Pictures and Enchanting Stories!

The National Museum of Korea represents Korea and is the sixth largest museum in the world. This book selects and introduces two hundred and fifty most important relics and artifacts. Each artifact is provided with vivid and clear pictures and presented with brief and essential explanations of their background and other stories that surround them.
People sometimes find museums boring and not exciting. If they take the time to look at each artifact, they will find that everything about the artifact including its shape and the smallest pattern means something. All the relics and artifacts exhibited at the museum contain both important meanings and interesting stories.

Exhibition galleries are arranged by time period—Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Early Iron Ages, Goguryeo, Baekje, Gaya, Silla, Unified Silla, Goryeo, and Joseon—so that we can look over Korea’s history at a glance. Now, shall we take a look at the artifacts that represent each period and examine how they changed with the different lifestyles of each period and kingdom?

In magnificent examples of Korean traditional culture we can see at a glance the thoughts and daily lives of people at the time according to theme: Hangeul, Korea’s representative documentary heritage; a printing culture that surpassed all other countries in the world; documents that tell us how people lived at the time; and scientific maps that show mountains and waterways. Find out how much of the Korean ancestors’ way of thinking can still be found in Koreans’ lives today.

Art and Crafts
Over ten thousand finest works of art will guide you to the beauty of Korean traditional art: calligraphy that turns characters into an art form; paintings that include landscape paintings, portraits, and genre paintings; Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the Three Kingdoms to the Joseon Dynasty; and metal crafts that show the delicate and refined nature of the Korean ancestors. The outdoor exhibition area of the museum features stone art, such as pagodas and statues.

Asian Art
Although the countries of Asia are located close to one another, they did not know each other very well. As exchanges between various cultures and civilizations took place, these countries influenced and were influenced by one another. With Asian arts displayed at the National Museum of Korea, you will find remains from Central Asia, China, and Japan. It would be a good opportunity to explore the differences and similarities among the countries in Asia.

미리 가 본 국립중앙박물관
생생한 사진과 핵심 설명을 담은 박물관 가이드

국립중앙박물관은 우리나라를 대표하면서 세계에서 여섯 번째로 큰 규모를 자랑한다. 이 책에서는 그 중에서도 꼭 알아야 하는 중요한 유물 250여 점을 선별해 소개한다. 박물관에 전시된 모든 유물들을 하나하나 찬찬히 살펴보면 그 형태도 유물 속의 문양도 헛된 것 하나 없이 각각 중요한 의미를 가지면서도 재미있는 이야기를 함께 담고 있다는 것을 알게 된다. 이 책을 통해 당시의 시대상이나 생활 모습을 짐작할 수 있을 뿐 아니라, 유물에 담긴 우리의 문화, 전통, 예술과 역사까지 만나볼 수 있을 것이다.

Paleolithic Age│Neolithic Age│Bronze and Early Iron Ages│Three Kingdoms Period │
Goguryeo│Baekje│Gaya│Silla│Unified Silla│Balhae│Goryeo│Joseon

Hangeul│Prints│Epigraphs│Documents│Maps│Kings and Their Reigns│
Socio-Economic Life│Traditional Thought│Foreign Relations

Art and Crafts
Calligraphy│Paintings│Buddhist Paintings│Buddhist Sculpture│Wood and Lacquer Crafts│
Metal Crafts│Ceramic Crafts│Stone Art

Asian Art
Central Asia│Chin│Nangnang│Shipwreck Collection│Japan│Donated Works

References and Sources
Chronological Table

History 시대별로 살펴보는 역사
Paleolithic Age 구석기 시대; 모든 것은 손에서 시작되었다
Neolithic Age 신석기 시대; 돌을 갈아 쓰자 생활이 바뀌다
Bronze and Early Iron Ages 청동기-초기철기 시대; 문명은 금속과 함께
Three Kingdoms Period 삼국 시대; 삼국이 세발솥처럼 설 때까지
Goguryeo 고구려; 천하를 호령한 나라 / 아름다운 벽화를 남긴 나라
Baekje 백제; 빼어난 예술의 나라 / 활발한 문화 교류의 나라
Gaya 가야; 첨단을 달린 철의 나라
Silla 신라; 화려한 황금의 나라 / 순박하고 해맑은 토우의 나라
Unified Silla 통일신라; 불국토가 되고 싶었던 나라
Balhae 발해; 고구려가 부활한 나라
Goryeo 고려; 명품 공예의 나라 / 불교로 하나 된 나라
Joseon 조선; 자부심 강한 문화의 나라 / 대쪽 같은 선비의 나라

Culture 주제로 보는 우리 문화
Hangeul 한글; 세계에서 가장 뛰어난 문자
Prints 인쇄; 세계를 앞서 갔던 인쇄 문화
Epigraphs 금석문; 돌과 쇠에 새긴 글자
Documents 문서; 증거 여기 있어, 꼼짝마!
Maps 지도; 산길과 물길의 과학
Kings and Their Reigns 왕과 국가; 만백성의 어버이
Socio-Economic Life 사회경제; 조선 사람으로 산다는 것
Traditional Thought 전통사상; 종교는 달라도 소망은 하나
Foreign Relations 대외교류; 대륙길과 바닷길을 오가며

Art and Crafts 아름다운 우리 미술품
Calligraphy 서예; 예술로 거듭난 문자
Paintings 회화; 군자를 대신하는 그림 / 살아가는 이야기 풍속화
Buddhist Paintings 불교 회화; 가장 멋지고 아름다운 부처
Buddhist Sculpture 불교 조각; 깨달은 이, 부처
Wood and Lacquer Crafts 목칠공예; 집안 가득한 나무 향기
Metal Crafts 금속공예; 변함없이 반짝이는 아름다움
Ceramic Crafts 도자공예; 고려청자의 품격 / 조선자기의 순수
Stone Art 석조미술; 하늘로 향하는 바람

Asian Art 다르고도 비슷한 아시아 문화
Central Asia 중앙아시아; 비단길을 수놓은 문화유산
China 중국; 도자기의 본고장
Nangnang 낙랑; 한국 속 중국 문화
Shipwreck Collection 해저 유물; 진귀한 보물선의 세계
Japan 일본; 모방과 창조의 미학
Donated Works 기증관; 나눌수록 더욱 값진 것

Oh Myung-sook

She has been meeting readers for over ten years with a hope that museums can be a place for everyone to enjoy and learn. She has worked as a consultant for the National Museum of Korea, the National Folk Museum of Korea and the Children’s Museum, and has also taken part in developing educational programs at the National Folk Museum of Korea and the Seoul Museum of History. She is currently the head of “Museum School with New Perspectives” and always pursues interesting and instructive ways for students to experience museums.