National Museum of Korea opens new branch in Incheon Airport
The National Museum of Korea opened the doors to its newly-built branch inside Incheon International Airport on Thursday with an exhibition titled "Containing Beauty — Deep Enjoyment, Brilliant Light," a year-long exhibit of 32 Korean artifacts and treasures.
This is the first time for the museum to display real artifacts within the airport, and it comes as a part of its effort to build "A museum for all."
The Incheon branch of the national museum is situated in front of Gate No. 122 in the boarding area of the airport and takes up 244 square meters (2,626 square feet).
The area was built to help people return to their countries, or embark on their trips, with a lasting memory of Korea and Korean culture by appreciating some of the most beautiful artifacts owned by the museum.
The artifacts on display include the Silver Foliated Cup from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), White Porcelain Jar with dragon and cloud design in underglaze cobalt-blue from 19th century Joseon (1392-1910), Gold Earrings from the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. to A.D. 935) and Celadon Ewer with inlaid peony design from the Goryeo Dynasty.
The opening of the new branch also comes as a celebration of the national museum's 20th anniversary, and the exhibition has been adorned to resemble a day at "a traditional party," according to the museum.
"We hope that the world remembers Korean culture's leap into the future with our roots in our tradition through the artifacts exhibition held by the National Museum of Korea," the museum said.
BY YOON SO-YEON [firstname.lastname@example.org]