When visiting different countries one of my favourite things to do is visit local museums and until this week I was unaware that Busan even had its own museum! The museum is located in the Daeyeon area, about 10-minute walk from Daeyeon subway station.
The museum building itself is beautiful and is a lot bigger than I had anticipated! There are multiple floors and exhibition halls. The museum is free but you will be given a ticket upon entry.
The museum is laid out so that each exhibition hall displays artefacts from each period in time. As you progress through the museum you will be able to notice the changes in art style and materials that were used. The layout gives a great sense of the timeline of Korea.
There are exhibits on almost every area of Korea’s history but the thing that I liked the most about the museum is that it focuses a lot on Busan’s role in the country’s history! It’s a great way to learn not only the history of Korea as a whole but to learn more about the city. I wasn’t aware that Busan had such a rich history, I’m glad this museum could show me that!
Around the museum you will find various “photo zones.” These are usually representative of an important part of history. The previous photos are an example of these zones! They’re a great way to help keep kids interested! (And also great Instagram post opportunities!)
Before leaving, make sure to check out the cultural experience hall. It’s a little difficult to find from inside the museum but there is an entrance outside, to the left of the main stairway. This is by far one of the most fun experiences I’ve had since moving to Korea.
Here there are various small activities you can participate in. Pictured above is the crayon rubbing station. Here you can choose a design that was used on old temple walls and you can make a rubbing of the design. There are also small puzzles in the shape of old pottery jars.
There are 2 other activities available in the cultural experience hall and I suggest you sign up for them as soon as you get there! The first is the tea ceremony. At the back of the hall is a traditional tea ceremony room. Here you will be instructed the proper way to pour and serve tea! The activity is done in pairs (one person playing the “server” and one person playing the “guest” and then the roles are reversed.) The staff here are some of the nicest people I have met and really try to make your experience fun and unique. The ceremony is explained in Korean but even if you cannot speak the language, it is easy to follow along. The full ceremony will take about half an hour!
Lastly, we were able to try on Hanbok (Korean traditional dress.) The staff will explain what each Hanbok was used for and the differences between the classes. You will then be allowed to choose which class of Hanbok you would like to try on (they have Hanbok worn by commoners, royalty, scholars and doctors. We of course tried on the royal
*The posting was written on 15th March 2018
Hello! My name is Emma and I’m currently living in Busan, South Korea.