Originally opened in a rented space in the Gangnam neighborhood of Daechi-dong in 1982, the Horim Museum moved shop to a permanent location with the opening of a brand new museum in Sillim-dong in 1999. Horim Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Korea’s traditional arts, and it possesses nearly 15,000 pieces, with numerous ceramics, metal art, books, paintings, and various artifacts on display, making it one of the largest private collections of Korean art in the world. The museum consists of four permanent exhibition halls, a special exhibition hall, an open-air exhibition area, museum storage, a seminar room, and a library, as well as a coffee shop and a museum shop.
The museum’s collection spans millennia, from the period of the Three Kingdoms in the first half of the first millennium CE to the very end of the Joseon Dynasty at the beginning of the 20th-century. Eight of the pieces in the collection have been designated national treasures by the government. There’s a wide variety of artifacts and pieces on display, such as elegantly written Buddhist scriptures, various world-renown celadons from the Goryeo Dynasty, Joseon Dynasty paintings and porcelains, and various Buddhist ornaments dating all the way back to the Three Kingdoms period. It’s a great compact look at the development of Korean art over the centuries. Admission to the museum only costs 4,000 won for adults and 2,000 won for students, although it’s closed on weekends and Mondays, leaving only a short timeframe to visit.
53 Nambusunhwan-ro 152-gil, Miseong-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea 53
Take Line 2 to Sillim Station and go out Exit 4. -> Walk straight about 500 meters then turn left at Nambusunhwan-ro 154-gil. -> Walk down about 120 meters to the end of the street then turn right. -> Walk straight about 80 meters and you will arrive at the entrance of Horim Museum