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Seoul Baekje Museum

Various collections of relics and remains of the Baekje era covering the Han River basin area

Seoul Baekje Museum

Sharing the history and culture of the Baekje Dynasty
Seoul Baekje Museum is widely open to all the visitors in order to share the invaluable culture of the Baekje Dynasty.
  • Introduction

    Seoul was the capital city for 493 years, of a total of 678 years of Baekje History. Therefore, there are essential Hanseong Baekje era ruins such as Pungnap Fortress, Mongchon Fortress and Seokchon-dong Tomb Complex, where tens of thousands of relics were excavated. Now Seoul Metropolitan City is carrying forward the construction plan of Seoul Baekje Museum to systemically preserve those relics and review the 2000-year history of Seoul while establishing its cultural identity. The Seoul Baekje Museum, established on a site overlooking the Mongchon Fortress in the Olympic Park, will open its door to the public in April, 2012.

    The Seoul Baekje Museum will take an essential role in the historical research of the Hanseong Baekje era and span a bridge over the 2000-year-long history of Seoul. It will allow visitors to enjoy the rich culture and give Seoulites a sense of pride about their own history. Furthermore it is expected to attract foreign tourists up to 12 millions. The Seoul Baekje Museum will enrich Seoul Metropolitan City, where traditions and the present co-exist harmonically.

  • Purpose of Establishment

    Seoul has a long and rich history and was the capital of the Baekje Dynasty for about 500 years (B.C 18~ A.D. 475). Many large settlements were already established in the Neolithic Age and their traces still can be found in the numerous areas including Amsa-dong prehistoric settlement, Poongnap Fortress, Mongchon Fortress and Seokchon tomb complex. Since ancient times the Han River, traversing Seoul City, has been an essential transport route and helped to create fertile farmlands along its surroundings. With those merits, Seoul was the industrial hub that has been the stage for several wars during the Three Kingdom period (Baekje, Shilla and Goguryeo). This was proved by various excavated relics scattered around Seoul area.

    In recent years, tens of thousands of Baekje-era relics were excavated from the Poongnap Fortress telling the hidden historic stories beneath them. However, it was still in the poor condition to manage and utilize these relics as the educational materials. Besides, we are advised to strive harder for cherishing the prehistoric remains and making the best use of them. Now Seoul Metropolitan City is establishing the Seoul Baekje Museum, which will efficiently manage the valuable relics and induce many visitors as well. Following this agenda, the Seoul Baekje Museum will lead the diverse researches on the buried relics around Seoul area and manage the existing excavated ones in a systematic way.

    Furthermore, by developing the prehistoric relic trails in connection with the other tourist spots, the Seoul Baekje Museum will invigorate its functional purpose and quench citizens’ thirst for the historic culture.

  • Museum Outline
    • Address : 71, Wiryeseong-daero, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Inside the Olympic Park)
    • Construction Period : July 2007 ~ December 2011
    • Site Area : 14,894㎡
    • Museum Size : 18,953㎡ (2 floors above ground, 3 underground)
    • Collections : Prehistoric / Ancient relics around Seoul and Gyeonggi
    Detail of each area
    Area Details Size
    Exhibition Area 3 Permanent Halls, Special Exhibition, Lobby Exhibition 2,972㎡
    Storage Area 4 Storage Rooms, Management Room 2,706㎡
    Educational Area Auditorium, Class Room, Library 1,182㎡
    Office Area Director’s Room, Offices 643㎡
    Amenities Cafeteria, Museum Shops 801㎡
    Public Area Main Hall, Hallways, Etc. 4,191㎡
    Maintenance Area Electric Room, Machinery Room 1,682㎡
    Basement Parking Area Underground level 2, 3 4,776㎡