Current Exhibitions

Overview The Prehistory and Ancient History section displays artifacts that represent some of the
earliest evidence of Korean civilization and culture, from stone tools of the Paleolithic
age to gold jewelry of the Silla Kingdom to stone monoliths of the Balhae era, with each
room documenting those aspects which uniquely defined each of Korea’s different
periods of ancient history.

Exhibition Scale 3,234.00㎡

Unified Silla Period Exhibition Room Preview(VR)

Main Collection

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Introduce

  • The Unified Silla Period (676-935 CE) began when Silla occupied the region stretching from the Daedonggang south to Wonsan Bay, conquering Baekje and Goguryeo to form a unified nation-state. The capital city of Gyeongju took the form of a castle town that organized and governed all the neighboring settlements. Gyeongju grew into an international city through active exchange with Southwest Asia, the Tang Dynasty of China, and Japan, and the advanced culture of the capital city gradually diffused into the local areas.
  • During the Unified Silla Period, Buddhism brought about major changes in society and culture. Cremation became the preferred funerary procedure, with burial urns replacing tombs, and major Buddhist architectures such as Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were established. By integrating the cultures of Goguryeo and Baekje, Unified Silla formed the basis for a national culture.