Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life at Asian Civilisations Museum

Intrigued by sets and costumes from Korean historical dramas and films? Then you would want to see actual furniture, fashion, and decorative arts from Korea’s Joseon era (1392– 1897). Spanning some 500 years, Joseon was Korea’s last dynasty, and the legacy of its courtly culture and vibrant city life lives on in South Korea today. Treasures from the National Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum in Seoul will be displayed for the first time in Singapore.

The exhibition will be accompanied by programmes and talks relating to Joseon Korea and contemporary Korean culture; as well as a work by South Korean contemporary artist Ran Hwang, best known for using pins, buttons, and thread to create large-scale installations.

Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 22 April to 23 July 2017

Some highlight artefacts:

Six-Fold Screen of the Sun, Moon and Five Peaks
19th century – early 20th century
Colour on silk
196cm x 364.8cm
National Palace Museum, Korea

Nectar Ritual Painting (King of Sweet Dew Saving Hungry Ghost)
Joseon dynasty, 18th century
Colours on hemp
218 cm x 234 cm
National Museum of Korea

Asian Culture and Music Series – Korea

31 March & 1 April
Friday, 31 March, 7 to 9pm
Saturday, 1 April, 1 to 7pm
Free admission

Sneak peek! Dive into the beauty and arts of Korea, even before our new special exhibition opens. Catch award-winning Korean percussion ensemble Noreum Machi perform exciting Korean folk music and dances. Sample free makgeolli on Friday and kimbap on Saturday. Finish off your Saturday with workshops on kimchi-making workshop and Korean folk music.

Suitable for all ages, and completely free! Join us in this two-day only special! Participants will also receive a flyer granting them free admission to the Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life special exhibition opening on 22 April.

Seoul Awesome! Weekend Festival

17 and 18 June
Saturday, 1 to 9pm
Sunday, 1 to 5pm
Free admission (includes free entry to special exhibition)

Saranghaeyo, Korea! Join us as we bring you heart thumping music and dance performances, food tasting sessions of delicious Korean food, and participate in a mass Taekwondo session. Shake legs by the ACM Green with a movie marathon of your cute Kpop stars as accompaniment. Don’t forget to say Annyeonghasaeyo to the new special exhibition, Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life, as you end off your day!

Curator Tours

Fridays, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July
7.30 to 8.30pm
$25 per session, book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix

Fact or fiction – was Joseon Korea really like what you see in dramas and movies? Join exhibition curators Kan Shuyi or Dominic Low as they unravel the truth and get exclusive behind the scenes insights into the Joseon dynasty.

A minimum of 15 people is needed to proceed. Payment must be made at Front Desk or Peatix before the closing date. Registration closes a day before each tour.

Fun-tastic Fridays

Fridays, 2, 9, 16, 23 June
12 to 5pm
Free admission

Journey back in time to Joseon Korea this school holiday. Dress up in traditional hanboks, attend workshops, and watch traditional cultural performances rarely seen in Singapore! Sit back and catch a special movie screening of what’s hot in Korea, and join us for a good time every Friday! Fighting!

The exhibition is jointly organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum and the National Museum of Korea, Seoul.


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