Seoul - Now and the Past
4 Apr, 2013 | From Heewon of South Korea
Heewon sent me this postcard showing the Seokjojeon-Court Artifacts Museum (Teoksu Palace). National Palace Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea located in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul.
The museum first began as the "Korean Imperial Museum", which was established on September, 1908 and was originally located in Changgyeonggung Palace.
National Palace Museum of Korea houses over 40,000 artifacts and royal treasures, from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire, of which 14 are National Treasures of South Korea. It displays records, state rites, architecture, clothing, royal life, education, culture, paintings and music of the dynasty’s ruling era. It also has among its collection the royal seal of King Gojong of Joseon, which was used for his personal letters to Russian czar and Italian emperor after 1903. It disappeared during Japanese rule and was re-covered from a US-based Korean collector in 2009.