For the first time since 1991, the National Museum of Korea has a special exhibition on the ancient confederation of Gaya under the title 'Gaya Spirit-Iron and Tune.'
With twelve states joining togetherGaya was an ancient confederation that lasted for about 500 years through the sixth century in the central-southern region of the Korean Peninsula.
"Gaya's nature is coexistence. So through this exhibition,we hope that visitors can learn how the 12 states of Gaya could live in harmony. Hopefully, it can remind people that coexistence is still an important value we should pursue in today's society."
The special exhibition displays a total of about twenty-six hundred relics collected from thirty one institutes including the Samsung Museum of Art Leeum and the Tokyo National Museum.
Divided into four chapters - coexistence, harmony, power and prosperity - the exhibition offers a collection of pottery and ornaments from various regions of Gaya.
"Made by the ancient confederation's most skilled workers this iron armor, which is now Korea's designated treasure number 2020, shows why Gaya is often dubbed as the 'Kingdom of Iron.'"
Gaya's unparalleled ironworking skills at the time allowed it to equip its soldiers with iron armor, helmets and swords so they could protect their land against the three big kingdoms - Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje.
The special exhibition of Gaya at the National Museum of Korea will run through March 1st next year.
After that, it will be on display at the Busan Museum, before heading to the National Museum of Japanese History and the National Kyushu Museum in Japan.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.