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Housing 350,000 Silla era relics: Gyeongju National Museum Updated: 2021-08-11 17:11:59 KST

The ancient kingdom of Silla has a thousand-year history, lasting from 57 BC to 935 AD. 350-thousand artifacts from that period can be found at the Gyeongju National Museum.
TIME magazine specifically mentioned how the museum, one of the 13 regional branches of the National Museum of Korea, has been refreshed after its make-over by Seoul design outfit Teo Yang studio.
Instead of dull grey floor, the museum has been brightened up by warm wooden walls and flooring.

"Under a ceiling inspired by Korea’s traditional hanok housing are Silla artifacts and earthenware on pillars. They aren’t behind glass, so visitors can get a closer look at their textures and colors.”

"I really wanted to prove that Silla's traditional aesthetic could still inspire us today, and we also wanted the museum to function as a healing space where people can come and rest not only enjoy the artifacts of the museum but also enjoy the landscape of Gyeongju area."

The interior design, helps highlight the real jewels of the museum the artifacts.
The most noteworthy are the gold crowns.
Kings in the 5th to mid-6th century were called Maripgans, and to strengthen their authority, they would use gold for a wide range of ornaments.
Intricately wrought gold crowns show the Silla people's excellent craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility.

"Out of six gold crowns, we are housing three from the Cheonmachong, Geumgwanchong and Gyo-dong tombs, and the rest are in the National Museum of Korea."

Another secret place to visit is the museum's storage area.
Museum storage areas are usually off-limits, yet Gyeongju National Museum has opened up its storage area, letting visitors get a peek at rows and rows of resting relics and imagine the stories behind them.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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