July 6, 2011
A Visit to The Korean Furniture Museum
As a special treat we were taken to a new museum called The Korean Furniture Museum. This wonderful collection of more than 1,500 pieces of varied traditional Korean furniture is housed within the amazing compound of Hanoak, which was completed after an extensive twelve-year building project. The plan involved reconstructing ten traditional homes from earlier dynasties to display the proper usage of furnishings and interior décor in traditional Korean homes. Set atop a hill in Songbuk-dong, it was a wonderful experience to escape Seoul’s modern landscape and explore the domestic lifestyles of Korea’s past. Please enjoy some photos of its fabulous exteriors.
1 Here I am standing at the entrance to the Korean Furniture Museum. The weather in Seoul was sunny and quite hot.
2 The buildings are all recently assembled in one beautiful location to house the large collection of furniture.
3 The guides were young, pretty, and very well-dressed. They were also very well-informed about the different styles of furniture, all made in Korea.
4 This is a wonderful pavilion with an ornate clay tile roof.
5 The wall is extraordinary and decorated in classic painted designs.
6 The deep roof overhangs are curved upwards and are cleverly made of wood with no nails whatsoever. Instead, everything is fitted with mortise and tenon
7 Hollowed out tree trunks were often used to hold water, foodstuffs, and stone grinding wheels.
8 This is one of the many flowing pools and raised buildings in the complex.
9 The view beyond is very evident over the low walls of the compound.