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  • Opening of the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

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    Opening of the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

    On April 17, 2018 the Donuimun Exhibition Hall opened its doors in the Donuimun Museum Village. Built as one of Seoul City’s renewal projects, the Donuimun Museum Village is an outdoor historical and cultural museum that gathers a total of 30 traditional Korean houses from the Joseon Dynasty and contemporary buildings built between the 1910s and the 1980s.

    Built as an urban renewal museum, this exhibition hall reveals Donuimun area’s history and culture. It shares the stories of the streets, buildings and villagers of this area, more specifically Seoul City Wall, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Saemunan-ro that is bounded by a road bearing the same name.

    The Donuimun Exhibition Hall is composed of three exhibition halls and one educational hall. AGIO and Hanjeong, that used to be an Italian and Korean restaurant respectively, have been changed into exhibition halls, keeping, however, their original names.

    The exhibit is widely organized around a total of five themes: ▶ The history of Donuimun area (AGIO, First floor), ▶ Archives and memories of the two areas (AGIO, Second floor), ▶ Story of the villagers of Saemunan (Hanjeong, Second floor), ▶ Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area (Hanjeong, First floor), ▶ Ruins of the Gyeonghuigung Palace (Ruins exhibition hall).

    You may visit the exhibit free of charge on weekdays from 9am to 6pm. The exhibit is closed on Mondays (except public holidays) and on January 1. For more information, please contact 82-2-724-0271.

    Exhibitions in the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

    Exhibitions in the Donuimun Exhibition Hall
    CategoryExhibition ContentPhotos
    Hall 1
    (AGIO)
    The history of Donuimun area (1F)
    • · Introduction of the Donuimun area, an area situated west of Hanyang during the Joseon Dynasty
      • – The history and different aspects of life inside and outside of Donuimun
    • · Introduction of the new Donuimun, built after the opening of the ports
      • – Transformation of the area into a center for foreign affairs and transport: Installation of a tramway, losing the old Donuimun.
    The history of Donuimun area
    Archives and memories of the two areas (2F)
    • · Reproduction of the old Italian restaurant.
    • · A model of the neighborhood built upon archives and introduction of the new Saemunan.
    Archives and memories of the two areas
    Hall 2
    (Hanjeong)
    Story of the villagers of Saemunan (2F)
    • · Transformation of the area from the 1960s up to the present days through urbanization: birth of rooms for private classes and restaurants.
    • · Introduction of Saemunan area’s restaurant street and its shops, as well as interviews with the shop owners.
    Story of the villagers of Saemunan
    Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area (1F)
    • · Introduction of the master plan for Saemunan’s urban renewal.
    • · Photography exhibition revealing Saemunan area’s different faces.
    Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area