Koryo Museum of Art
Exhibiting arts and crafts from Korea's Goryeo and Joseon dynasties
Opened in 1988, the Koryo Museum is Japan's only art museum dedicated to the art of the Korean Peninsula. It has a collection of exhibits numbering approximately 1,700 works of art and craft collected by the industrialist Jeong Jomun, with a primary focus on the Goryeo and Joseon dynasty periods.
At the entrance to the art museum stand two 15th-century stone statues of warriors, welcoming visitors. The museum's collection includes archaeological materials such as polished stone tools and copper mirrors, tiles (pottery tiles cut out from clay using molds, then dried and fired before being used as roof tiles, bricks, and relief decoration), as well as ceramic items, including Goryeo celadon porcelain and Joseon white porcelain, wooden items decorated with mother-of-pearl, and pictures including paintings of landscapes, paintings of flowers and birds, and paintings of people. Moreover, it has an extensive collection of everyday items and furniture, and one exhibit recreates the room of a typical aristocrat during the Joseon period. The collection also includes Buddhist art and folk art, affording visitors a glimpse of the daily lives of the Joseon people. In addition, there are five special themed exhibitions over the course of the year. This is an art museum that provides an insight into the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula, through Korean art and crafts.
Address: 15 Shichikukami-no-Kishicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Hours open to visitors: 10:00 - 17:00 (last admission: 16:30)
Admission Fee: Adults 500 yen, High school and university students 400 yen *Free for junior high school students and below
Closed: Mondays, New Year vacation, between exhibitions
Directions: 20 minutes on foot from Kitaoji Station (12 minutes from Kyoto Station) on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line
(Car) 30 minutes from Kyoto-minami interchange (40 minutes from Shin-Osaka) on the Meishin Expressway