Museums

Gwangju National Museum

The Gwangju National Museum was established at Maegok-dong of Jeollanam-do on Dec. 6, 1978 after Korea’s liberation from Japan in 1945. Since its opening, it has contributed to the development of unique and regional culture consistently.

Gwangju National Museum collects and preserves cultural relics from Jeollanam-do. The exhibits are grouped in seven categories according to period and type. The Prehistoric Hall displays stone age tools from the Paleolithic Era, Neolithic Era, and Bronze Ages, as well as other relics from the early Iron Age. Samguk Hall displays many earthenware and ironware items from the Great Onggwan in the Jeolla-do area.

The Buddhist Art Hall exhibits cultural Items related to the religion, the Painting Hall exhibits works of artists of the Honam district from the Joseon and modern periods. Jeolla-do is also considered the birthplace of Korean Pottery. The Goryeo Pottery Exhibit Hall showcases the transition from the Cheongja of the Goryeo Period to the Joseon Period’s Buncheongsagi and Baekja. It is possible to witness the entire pottery-making process at once. Pottery items are also on display at Joseon Buncheongsagi Baekja Hall.

The Shinan Ocean Floor Relic Hall is a unique exhibit hall with items on display from a trade ship submerged for 600 years in the Shinan Sea. The items were excavated during 11 operations that took place from 1976 to 1984. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, and the museum is closed on Mondays.

Contacts & Details
OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; sat, sun 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

T: +82 62 570 7000
W: Website

ADDRESS
110 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu

ESTABLISHED
1978