This post is dedicated to a lovely chinggu from Singapore, Yani. Love you mucho my friend.
She invited me to visit Korea Museum Furniture (KOFUM) during the summer heat of July, 2012 and since I was going to have a company to visit a rather different kind of museum, so why not! The weather was just too hot to be concerned with.
I was initially put off by the expensive admission fee of 20,000 won but yet again it is THE KOREAN furniture we are talking here! The collections aged hundreds of years and furthermore the museum is very exclusive and private hence the limitation.
The museum has also hosted a variety of events for government agencies as well as international institutions and companies. Examples include a special luncheon for spouses of G20 leaders during the 2010 Seoul G20 Summit, a launching show for the Audi A6, a Lang Lang piano concert and a special luncheon for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse First Lady, Peng Liyuan, hosted by President Park Geun-hye. – KOFUM
There is a T&C though. No pictures is allowed taken inside the museum. The traditional Korean furnitures are for the pleasure of your eyes only. 🙂
The owner of the Korea Furniture Museum I suppose should be a chaebol. You should know this very special vocabulary. If you are an avid K-Drama fan, you will definitely have heard this word before.
Having unofficially opened in 2008 after 14 years of construction, the private museum is the beloved brainchild of its owner and director, Chyung Mi-sook, a former professor at Yonsei University and a collector who personally amassed the museum’s 2,000 pieces of Joseon Dynasty furniture over the past five decades. – TravelCNN
My honest opinion; I definitely urged those who loves Korean tradional furniture to view the antiques in Korea Furniture Museum. As this is a guided tour for an hour, you could freely ask questions to the guide for the historical facts of the furnitures. It is quite interesting to see and learn how they are preserved and passed through generations for others to appreciate their exquisite beauty. However, do not compare the size of the place with the other public museums that you have visited as it is not that large and it would be better to focus your time on inspecting the collection. The museum holds about 2,000 furnitures as stated however…I felt like the collection were not that much though.
Korea Furniture Museum
121, Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea
(330-577 Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea)
Admission is by reservation ONLY. Reserve your ticket here.
We took this method to reach the museum – Subway+Taxi From Hansung University Station (Subway Line 4) Exit 6, taking a taxi takes about 5 minutes.