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This exhibit depicts Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty, from the establishment of the capital, Hanyang, to the opening of the port. It introduces the areas of Seoul, ranging from Unjongga, Yukjogeori, and Bukchon within the fortified Hanyang to Seongjeosimni outside the capital. It also presents diverse aspects of the everyday lives of Seoul’s inhabitants.

  • 1Establishment of the Joseon Capital
  • 2Bukchon: The Affluent Neighborhood
  • 3Yukjogeri Street : The Backbone of State Administration
  • 4Unjongga: The Commercial Center of Joseon
  • 5Jungchon: Community of Technical Specialists
  • 6Namchon: The Bedrock of Hanyang Society
  • 7Seongjeosimni: The City Outside of the Walls

This exhibition presents diverse scenes from Seoul during the time of the Korean Empire and the open port period. It was a time of sweeping changes, hen the Seoul citizens encountered influences and items from new cultures in their daily lives while Korea began carrying out significant reforms, fighting against foreign colonizing powers.

  • 8Opening up to the World
  • 9Jeong-dong: The New Heart of Seou
  • 10Jongno: Street of Modernity
  • 11Seoul as an Imperial Capital

In this exhibition, visitors bear witness to the grim lives of people in Gyeongseong, a colonial city that had lost its former urban identity under the Japanese occupation since 1910. Resistance grew against the colonizers and an independence movement formed, but at the same time, it was during this era that modern civilization began to mesmerize the citizens of Seoul.

  • 12Gyeongseong: The Traditional Look Lost
  • 13Center of Popular Resistance to Japanese Rule
  • 14A Look around Gyeongseong
  • 15Gyeongseong under the Shadow of War

This exhibit room documents Seoul’s development from the 1945 liberation through the 2002 World Cup, showing in particular the transformation ndergone by Seoul as it recovered from the devastation of the Korean War to achieve rapid growth, becoming a metropolis.

  • 16Post-Liberation and Wartime Seoul
  • 17Overcrowded Seoul
  • 18Seoul Under Construction
  • 19Development of the Hangang and Yeouido
  • 20Gangnam Development
  • 21Seoul and the Olympics
  • 22Seocho Samho Apartment
  • 23Beyond the Industrialization Era

In this exhibition, visitors bear witness to the grim lives of people in Gyeongseong, a colonial city that had lost its former urban identity under the Japanese occupation since 1910. Resistance grew against the colonizers and an independence movement formed, but at the same time, it was during this era that modern civilization began to mesmerize the citizens of Seoul.