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CHUNCHEON NATIONAL MUSEUM

 Exhibition

Gangwon Province in the pleasant environment of good experience and to learn about the history and culture held a cultural space

Culture Heritage Administration of Korea

National Museum of Korea

Outdoor Exhibition

Outdoor Exhibition, Garden of Hyeon myo: Beauty of Stone and the Walls of Naksansa Temple

The outdoor exhibition area, surrounded by the stone walls of Naksansa Temple, is filled with Buddhist treasures of the Gangwon area from the Unified Silla and Goryeo Dynasty, including a statue of Amitabha wearing a beatific smile. Confucian works from the Joseon Dynasty, such as the stone figures guarding the placenta chamber and tomb, blend with the Buddhist works, shedding light on the spiritual world of the people of Gangwon. The syncretic nature of the garden represents the concept of hyeonmyo, the enjoyment of elegant pursuits containing elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Though the stone treasures standing outdoors are subject to the changing conditions of the four seasons of the year, there is not a single moment that their beauty does not shine.

** Hyeonmyo was defined by the Silla scholar Choe Chiwon as pungnyu, a unique Korean concept that combines Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian thought in the pursuit of refined activities such as music, poetry and art and traveling to places of beautiful natural beauty.

  • Three-story Stone Stupa
    Three-story Stone Stupa

    Stupas were most commonly made from wood, stone, and bronze and were usually intended to store Buddhist relics called "sarira". This three-tiered stone stupa is missing a platform and its pinnacle, and the first level of the body is believed to have been taken from another stupa. These details, along with the square reliquary located beneath the missing level, indicate that the stupa was built relatively recently.

  • Amitabha Buddha and Aureole
    Amitabha Buddha and Aureole

    This is Amitabha Buddha, whose thumb and forefinger are touching as a sign of his intent to explain the dharma in a way that is accessible to all levels of sentient beings. The Buddha has the ability to infinitely extend life and guarantee rebirth in the Pure Land for all those who call upon his name.

Garden of Memory

Joseon period tombs are guarded by stone figures that match the status of the dead in life. These figures held various meanings, as guardians of the deceased in the afterlife and representation of prayers for the prosperity of the descendants. The Joseon stone figures exhibited in this garden have been released from their duties but they stand firm holding memories of the dead inside hard stone.

  • Lantern at Tomb
    Lantern at Tomb

    Stone lanterns like this one were placed in the tombs of royalty or upper class people during the Joseon Dynasty. This tradition, which is unique to Korea, dates from the early Goryeo Dynasty and is related to Buddhism, which uses lanterns to symbolize a variety of ideas, including emancipation and "samsara" (the ongoing cycle of life, death, and rebirth).

  • Statues at Tomb
    Stone Lantern

    Stone statues like this one were often placed on either side of the tomb of a person with high social status. These stone statues were believed to protect the person in the tomb from wicked spirits, while also procuring the respect of the living.

Dolmen Path

In the garden on the left side of the passageway leading from the information desk at the museum entrance to the exhibition hall a number of dolmens are on display. In addition to the existing dolmen from Sinmae-ri in Chuncheon, two others have been placed nearby giving visitors the opportunity to see these ancient cultural treasures.

  • Chuncheon Sinmae-ri Dolmen
    Stone Lantern

    A dolmen (in Korean, goindol) is a type of tomb from the Bronze Age, consisting of vertical stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone. The Korean peninsula and Jeju Island are home to the world's largest concentration of dolmens. There are a wide variety of Korean dolmens, but they can be largely divided into two main categories: northern style (table type) and southern style (with unsupported capstones). This particular dolmen exemplifies the northern style, and it was found at the Sinmae 2-ri site in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, as part of a Hallym University excavation project in 1986. It was moved to Chuncheon National Museum for preservation purposes.

  • Chuncheon Seoksa-dong Dolmen
    Stone Lantern

    This northern-style dolmen was discovered on the site of a private home near the current Chuncheon Traditional Medical Hospital in Seoksa-dong, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province. It was restored and installed at a roadside park in Seoksa-dong but due to the high risk of theft or damage it was moved to the Chuncheon National Museum in December 2009 as part efforts to restore and manage important cultural heritage items of Chuncheon carried out by the museum and the city of Chuncheon.

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