Joseon Korean treasures you normally see in K-dramas are now at Asian Civilisations Museum

Joseon Korean treasures you normally see in K-dramas are now at Asian Civilisations Museum
A visitor looks at the Korean handscroll painting exhibited at the Asian Civilisation Museum
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K-drama fans and historical buffs alike will be delighted to learn that Asian Civilisations Museum has recently launched an exhibition called Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life.

Through 150 artefacts and national treasures, the exhibits give a deeper insight of life during that dynamic era, and how it has helped to shape Korea and the Korean culture many know and love today.

Below are some of the treasures that will be displayed at the exhibition which you may find familiar:

Painted screens featuring the Sun, Moon and Five Peaks

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Painted folding screens like the one in the picture above were used in the Joseon court. Screens with this theme, which is a symbol of royal authority in Joseon Korea, were placed behind the throne or royal portrait of a king.

The moon and sun symbolised the forces of yin and yang respectively, while the five peaks signify the five elements of earth, fire, water, wood, and metal. The evergreen pine trees connote the wish for the longevity of the dynastic lineage as well as the king's regime.

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 Where you may have seen this: A folding screen above as seen in the 2012 historical Korean drama, Moon Embracing the Sun. The symbols have also been used in the design of the 10,000 South Korean won note.

Portraits of yangban officials

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 Painted portraits of yangban officials, who were part of the traditional ruling class during the Joseon Dynasty.     

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 Where you may have seen this: Fans of historical Korean dramas like Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), would be familiar with these outfits won by the scholarly aristocrats of the era.

Queen's ceremonial robe:

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A reproduction of a ceremonial robe worn by Queens of Joseon dynasty will also be on display at the exhibition. The robe was worn during official ceremonies and important events such as her own wedding.

There are nine rows of pheasant birds, which symbolise marital bliss.

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Where you may have seen this: The queen in Six Flying Dragons (2015) wearing a similar robe.

Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life is on from April 22 to July 23, 2017 at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Admission: $10 for Singaporeans and PRs, free for children and seniors; $15 for tourists (concessions available); Ticket includes entry to permanent galleries.

 
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