국립중앙박물관 – 2016 Summer Vacation (the 2nd Trip)

On the final day of 2016’s Summer Vacation, I returned to Korea’s National Museum; this time bringing along my friend to add to the “fun.” He can read Mandarin, so having him along is an invaluable aid. He’s also a huge nerd like me, which is a huge bonus when you’re going back to a place so loaded with knowledge.

And make no mistakes about it, Korea’s National Museum was still as HUGE as it was the day before. On my first trip there I spent 4-5 hours only exploring the first floor. (Okay, and also the special exhibition hall.) While the first floor was focused primarily on Korean history, the 2nd floor’s focus lies on various donated galleries and painting collections.

I’m on the fence about which level I liked better, since the first floor’s chronology can make parts rather boring (I could easily never see another clay pot and be totally okay with that), but the scope of the history is certainly impressive. Especially coming in from, as I am, America, where our national museums cover a span of 250 years at most. Some of the items here reach back into the Bronze Age!

The second floor’s theme (various collections), allows it to avoid the problem of oversaturation, giving the galleries a nice variety. Even if some of the collectors had a questional preference for collecting tons of porcelain.

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