Art & Design
Koryo Museum of Art 高麗美術館
See art and artifacts from Korea's ancient dynasties
Learn about Korean history and art from the Koryo Museum of Art's collection of 1,700 pieces ranging from paintings to ceramics, and furniture to household items.
Founded in 1988, the Koryo Museum of Art is Japan's only museum dedicated to Korean art
The museum features a special collection of arts and crafts from the Korean Peninsula from the 18th to early 20th century
Founder Jeong Jo-mun emigrated from Korea to Kyoto as a young child in 1924
How to Get There
The Koryo Museum of Art is located in northern Kyoto City. Set aside about an hour and a half to view the museum's exhibits at leisure. You may wish to pair your visit with a trip to the nearby Kyoto Botanical Garden.
Take the number 9 Kyoto City Bus from Kyoto Station to Kamogawa Chugaku-mae bus stop. The museum is a one-minute walk from there. The journey should take 40 to 45 minutes.
An impressive collection
Business magnate Jeong Jo-mun founded this collection of 1,700 pieces. The majority of the works are from the time of the Goryeo (918-1392) and Joseon (1392-1910) dynasties. The museum's most prized item is the painting "Heron" by 17th-century Korean painter Kim Myeong-guk, which includes an inscription by Hayashi Razan, a famous Japanese Neo-Confucian philosopher.
Stunning ceramics, ancient tools
Visitors are welcomed by two 15th-century stone warrior statues at the museum's entrance. Within the museum, you can find pieces such as polished stone tools, copper mirrors, and pottery tiles. Highlights of the extensive collection of ceramics include Goryeo celadon porcelain and Joseon white porcelain.
Step back in time
The museum has an extensive number of furniture pieces and household items. One popular exhibit recreates the room of a typical aristocrat during the Joseon period, affording visitors a glimpse into the past. The collection also includes Buddhist art and folk art. Special exhibitions are held twice a year.
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