Features : Royal culture, Traditional Arts, Printing & Korean Alphabet heritage,traditional music, etc.
Open Hours : 7 a.m. to 10 p.m
In cooperation with the National Museum of Korea, Incheon International Airport operates the Cultural Museum of Korea as a means of introducing the majesty of Korean culture and art to foreign travelers, while enhancing their airport experience.
The Cultural Museum of Korea is located in the Transfer Lounge (4F) inside the new Concourse, which opened in conjunction with Incheon International Airport’s recent 2nd Grand Opening. The museum showcases a splendid collection of relics covering a 5,000-year timeline, thereby offering visitors a memorable opportunity to experience Korean culture and history at a single location.
The museum’s main themes include Royal Culture, Traditional Arts, Printing/Korean Alphabet Heritage, and Traditional Music. In the Royal Culture exhibition, items of daily life and costumes from the Chosun Dynasty are on display, as well as curios from inside and outside the royal palace.
Some cultural artifacts representing the Confucianism of the period are also on exhibit. The Buddhist Arts section comprises diverse treasures of Buddhism, a religion that has left an enduring stamp on Korea and her history. In the Printing & Korean Alphabet Heritage area, visitors can see several prized cultural artifacts that enjoy Natural Treasure and even UNESCO World Heritage status.
These include the Mugu jeonggwang dae darani-gyeong (“The Great Dharani Sutra of Immaculate and Pure Light”), the oldest known wooden slab print in the world, Jikji, the world’s oldest existing book published by movable metal type, and Yong-bi-eo-chun-ga (“Song of the Dragons Flying to Heaven”) and Wol-in-chon-gang-ji-gok (“Songs of the Moon Shining on a Thousand Rivers”), two of the earliest works printed in the Korean alphabet.
In the Traditional Music section, visitors can see and hear traditional Korean musical instruments such as the Jang-gu (a double-headed drum pinched in at the middle), the Dae-geum (a large transverse bamboo flute) and the Buk (a drum) via an ultramodern media arts system.