Sunday, June 20, 2010

Seoul Museum of History

I paid a visit to the Seoul Museum of History (서울역사박물관), which covers the 2,000-year-old history of Seoul, which was founded in 18 BC by Baekje, the kingdom that ruled the western Korean peninsula from 18 BC until its defeat to the Silla Kingdom in 660 AD. Seoul has been the capital of Korea since 1394, two years after Joseon was founded.

Map of ancient Seoul cum water fountain

National Code of Joseon

Genealogy of the Joseon Dynasty royal family

Royal seal

Painting of the celebration of King Sunjo's 40th birthday

Royal land deeds

Astrological chart

New definition of "model family"

Cultural resource research center

On the second floor, there is a very large room with a glass floor, below which lies a beautiful scale model of the entire city. The model also shows a number of projects currently under construction, such as Daniel Libeskind's Yongsan Dreamhub development (below right) and a number of riverfront improvement projects.