Last spring, we had the chance to visit yet another museum in the capital - the Seoul Museum of History, located in the bustling Jongno district.
|Seoul Museum of History.|
|Seoul during the Joseon era, a diorama.|
This area is divided into four chronological zones, starting with the Joseon Dynasty, moving on to the Daehan Empire, then the Japanese occupation, and finally the development of Seoul after its liberation from Japan.
|Market stall during the Joseon era.|
|Miniature model of Seoul.|
|Seoul's Playroom in the 90s.|
|OMG floppy disks!|
|Beepers and analog phones!|
They even have a display of manhwas (comic books), with characters that I'm all too familiar with. Yue knows some of them too, thanks to YouTube videos and the Animax channel.
More than 6000 relics have been donated to the museum by the descendants of Regent Heungseon, and through these relics, visitors will be able 'sense' the culture of the last royal family of Joseon.
In the adjacent hall, you will find the relics from noble families who lived in Hanyang, now known as modern day Seoul.
|90's kid starter pack. :)|
|Manhwa: an introduction.|
|Any kid from the 80's/90's would know these characters. :)|
Also situated on this floor is the exhibition hall of Unhyeongung Palace, which displays relics from the private residence of Prince Regent Heungseon.
|Exhibition Hall 4: Unhyeongung Palace.|
|Century-old (makeup) paraphernalia.|
|Exhibition Hall 3: High ranking officials in Hanyang.|
The high-ranking officials are mostly scholars who studied Confucianism at an early age and took government positions after passing the state examinations. As you look at these relics, which were passed down through several generations, you'll get a glimpse of the 'affluent' lifestyles of the nobles and how it was like to be living in the capital back in the days of Joseon.
|Antique textbook and paint brushes.|
|Old scriptures. Really old.|
|OOTD, circa Joseon.|
|Materials from the previous Gwanghwamun Gate.|
|Monument of Prince Eunsingun, fourth son of Crown Prince Sado.|
|Street car from the 1930's.|
|Stone figures of civil officials.|
|Stone figures which stood in front of tombs of the royal family.|
And like most museums, they also have a souvenir shop which sells items such as key rings, bag charms, trinket cases, and figurines.
|Say cheese! :)|
|I'm the Queen!|
|And Yue is a magistrate!|
You can also take bus numbers 101, 160, 260, 270, 271, 470, 710 or 721, and get off at Seoul Museum of History.