SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 11, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government opens Korea’s first sewing history museum dubbed Ium Pium on April 11 in the Changsin-dong neighborhood, where has been the center of Korean sewing industry since the 1970s, backing the Dongdaemun area, a fashion mecca of Seoul.
Built near the Naksan Castle at the end of the alley that small sewing factories are conglomerated, Ium Pium is located in the four-story building with a basement, occupying the total floor area of 499.12 square meters.
The city government explains that the museum will serve as a place where the citizens are allowed to recognize the value of garment workers who have professional workmanships and build their sewing skills in the face of diverse difficulties – for instance, worsening price competitiveness, aging workers and decreasing the number of workers – and the leading role that they had played for the county’s rapid economic development and the fashion industry. Ium Pium will also play a central role in Seoul’s urban regeneration initiative in the Changshin and Sungin areas.
Main feature spaces and facilities at Ium Pium include Sewing Master Memorial Hall, Sewing History Hall, the Button Shop, and the sewing experience zone. All facilities are barrier-free designed for disabled and elderly people.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government continues its efforts to raise the competitiveness of fashion industry including sewing business during this year. It will introduce the “’Made in Seoul” program that certifies the excellent products produced in Seoul and helps find and expand markets. In addition, the Seoul Fashion Innovation Hub will be established to provide educational courses that cover all the manufacturing processes of the fashion and sewing industries linked with prominent fashion schools in the world.