Koryo Museum of Art 高麗美術館

Koryo Museum of Art
Koryo Museum of Art

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.

Quick Facts

Founded in 1988, the Koryo Museum of Art is Japan's only museum dedicated to Korean art

The museum features pieces of art brought from Korea during Japanese colonial rule

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 a couple of hours 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 Chugakko-mae bus stop. The museum is a one-minute walk from there. The journey should take 35 to 40 minutes.

An impressive collection

Korean-Japanese business magnate Jeong Jo-mun founded this collection of 1,700 pieces. The majority of the works are from the Goryeo (918-1392) and Joseon (1392-1897) 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. Five special themed exhibitions are held over the course of the year.

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