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Suwon Museum of History

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Suwon Museum of History
Suwon Museum of History is exhibiting the history and culture of Suwon by composing them for each era and theme with the aim of elevating the understanding of the visitors on the exhibits through usage of actual relics, and various media such as panels, images, diorama, models and kiosk.
  • From the prehistoric era to Joseon Dynasty
  • From modern Suwon to Suwon in the ‘60’s
  • Industry of Suwon and Path Suwon Trod

Entrance to the exhibition halls

Entrance to the exhibition halls
Natural environment and chronological table of Suwon are explained with usage of panel at the entrance to the exhibition hall in order for visitors to view the outline of history of Suwon at a glance. This concept of introducing Suwon prior to presentation of exhibits by playing animation movie is aimed at stimulating the curiosity of all the visitors. Scene in which the Janganmoon opens is inserted into the last portion of the animation to give feeling to the visitors that they are entering into the history of Suwon.

Prehistoric era ~ Suwon during Three Kingdoms Period

This exhibit illustrates that people lived in the Suwon region even from the prehistoric times, and the exhibits are categorized into prehistoric era, period of Three States and period of Unified Silla. Firstly, the exhibits of Suwon during the prehistoric era contains distribution map of relics of prehistoric era found in Suwon and the actual relics excavated. The exhibits of Suwon during the periods of Three States and Unified Silla displays relics excavated at the Ggotmoei historical site in Hwaseo-dong, and displays the maritime route with line of flickering light bulbs that enables the views to realize easily that Suwon region in close vicinity of Western Sea had been the center of overseas maritime trading from the ancient times.
Prehistoric era ~ Suwon during Samguksidae (period of Three State)
Relics on exhibit: Total of 33 exhibits Displays window: 2 units



Suwon during Goryeo Period

Suwon during Goryeo Period
This exhibit explains the expansion of the domain of the administrative district of Suwon region during the Goryeo period in which it was referred to as “Suju” and the statute of Suwon at the time. Key exhibits include Oryunhaengsildo, a drawing of story of the life of Choi, Roo Baek, known to have lived in Suwon and displayed exceptional filial piety, and tomb stone for his wife with inscription that he personally wrote, genealogy of the Baek’s household of Suwon and a convex roofing tile of Changsungsa, and various family names with Suwon as their registered permanent domicile.

In addition, Changsungsajingakguksawonjotopbi, which is the national treasure No. 14, and Paldalmun brass bell, which is Gyeonggido tangible cultural asset No. 69 of Gyeonggi-do, which was originally was the bell casted and used at Maneuisa in 1080 and casted again during Joseon Dynasty are also on display.

Suwon during Joseon Dynasty

This exhibit highlights the lifestyle in Suwon during the Joseon Dynasty, introduces the native family names and villages composed of such family names that resided in the Suwon region for long period of time, and relics that they have donated. Exhibits include articles buried along with the dead including the memorial stone and renowned ceramics owned by the Yeoju Lee clan, burial items of Namwon Yoon clan, burial items such as bronze spoon and chopstick sets and brass coins of Tamjin Choi clan, appointment letter as Jung Hee Beon Hosunggongshin of Onyang Jung clan, portrait of Park, Yoo Myung of Sangju Park clan, appointment letters and ancient literatures of Andong Kim clan, and appointment letters of Jeonju Lee clan.

On the other hand, historical events such as the battle of Doksan Fortress and monument in commemoration of the outstanding battle performances of the general Kim, Joon Ryong fully illustrate the militarism of Suwon region of the time with long tradition are exhibited through the medium of diorama and animation video. Moreover, visitors are able to view the geographical characteristics of and changes that Suwon underwent during Joseon Dynasty through the exhibit of various maps from the era of Joseon Dynasty to Japanese occupation with the aid of screen images.

Transfer of the site of the municipality of Suwon to the foot of Paldal Mt. and following completion of the fortress at Hwasung, exhibits including royal orders, notifications, specific proviso, family registration document, and household identity tag issued by the municipality of Suwon are being displayed with focus on the people of Suwon. Suwon was confronted with new opportunity for immense growth with completion of construction of Hwasung fortress during the reign of King Jungjo. Such process of growth of Suwon as the central city of the southern region of Gyeonggi is being exhibited through production of visual displays. Moreover, the cultural capacity of the time in publishing literatures is exhibited through displaying of various literatures published including Jineojipseol, Jahyuljeonchik and Asong, during the reign of King Jungjo.
Suwon during Joseon Dynasty
Relics on exhibit: Total of 88 exhibits Displays window: 8 units

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