Exhibitions

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The story of History through Hangeul

  • Location

    Joseon Dynasty Gallery II of Gallery on the First Floor

  • Date Oct-07-2020 ~ Mar-31-2021

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From October 17, 2020 through March 31, 2021, the National Museum of Korea is holding the special exhibition The Story of History through Hangeul to commemorate the 574th anniversary of the proclamation of Hunmin Jeongeum (Correct Sounds for Edifying the People). The exhibition draws upon Yeoksa jaryo chongseo (Series on Historical Materials) that the museum has been publishing since 2004 to present stories found within the historical materials that it holds. It aims to encourage the general public, including teenagers, to develop a keener interest in history. Please come and enjoy this exhibition that translates historical materials written in Chinese characters or archaic Hangeul (the native Korean alphabet) into modern-day Hangeul and makes understanding them even easier through entertaining content.

-Exhibition Period: October 7 (Wednesday), 2020 – March 31 (Wednesday), 2021

-Exhibition Space: Joseon Dynasty Gallery II of Gallery on the First Floor
* To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors are allowed to enter the Permanent Exhibition Halls only after making advance reservations online.


(If open slots are available, admission tickets can be issued on-site.)


Overview of the Exhibition

I. “Nolbu, who Violated National Law”: A Story in Hangeul of Sharing Property during the Joseon Dynasty

- Bunjaegi(1560) documents from the sixteenth century on the equitable distribution of property between a brother and sister: “Official Records of Property Inheritance” regarding Kwon Deok-eung and his Sister

- Bunjaegi(1775) documents from the eighteenth century on bequeathing additional property to the eldest son, who was responsible for ancestral rituals,: “Unofficial Records of Property Inheritance” of Lady Yi, the wife of Kim Pal-gong

 

II. “Crown Prince Sado, the Hidden Meaning behind His Name”: Crown Prince Sado’s Epitaph Tablets in Hangeul

- Epitaph Tablet of Crown Prince Sado with Texts Composed by King Yeongjo

- Crown Prince Sado’s Jade Seal Created by Order of King Yeongjo (UNESCO Memory of the World; Collection of the National Place Museum of Korea)

- Crown Prince Sado’s Jade Seal Created by Order of King Jeongjo with the Additional Honorific Name “Jangheon” (UNESCO Memory of the World; Collection of the National Place Museum of Korea)

 

III. “Secret Letters by King Jeongjo”: An Album of King Jeongjo’s Letters in Hangeul

- Letters Sent from King Jeongjo to Sim Hwan-ji

Letter written to order Sim Hwan-ji to submit his resignation

Letter regarding a draft of a report to the throne

 

IV. “Bookstores of the Joseon Dynasty” through Hangeul Novels

- Steady sellers

Chunhyangjeon (The Story of Chunhyang) with about 120 editions

Hong Gil-dong jeon (The Story of Hong Gil-dong), the first Korean novel

- Blockbusters

Sa Ssi namjeonggi (Record of Lady Sa’s Trip to the South) recalling a story of King Sukjong, Queen Inhyeon, and Lady Jang

Bak Ssi jeon (Story of Lady Park) describing the humiliating second Manchu invasion as a victory(Collection of the National Hangeul Museum of Korea)





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