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  • Seoul’s Donuimun Museum Village Renovated into Participatory Space

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    The Donuimun Museum Village has been newly furbished with the concept of becoming a “repository of memories where 100 years of modern history and culture are kept alive” and will officially open in April 2019.

    The biggest features are the 30 improved existing village buildings that will remain untouched while being transformed into “participatory” spaces. In these spaces, exhibits, performances, markets, and daily experiential education will be open year-round to revitalize its identity as a “living museum village,” which is the main objective of this project.

    Seoul will introduce detailed features of each space so that citizens can fully enjoy the charm and fun available in all of the nooks and crannies of the refurbished Donuimun Museum Village.

    Donuimun Museum Village is organized into three themes: ① Village Exhibition Halls (16 buildings), ② Experiential Education Centers (9 buildings), and ③ Village Creation Studios (9 buildings). The inside of the buildings, including the floors, alleyways, and walls, come to a total area of 9,770㎡. The entire village itself is an exhibition hall and playground.

    The “Village Exhibition Hall” is a branch of the Seoul Museum of History. Starting from the Donuimun Museum that first opened in April 2018 and the “House of Independence Activists” that was opened in celebration of the March First Independence Movement 100th anniversary, the Experience Hall (16 villages) offers exhibits curated with twelve different themes. The exhibitions provide an experience of modern history through houses from the 1960-80s, an arcade room, a comic book room, a theater, a photo studio, and a barber shop.

    At the “Experiential Education Center,” where urban-style hanok exist to the north of the village yard, eight differently themed, permanent experiential education programs are hosted. The “Master Gallery” at the center is a permanent exhibition that fosters appreciation for the works by the Experiential Education Center masters by gathering these works all in one place.

    The eight experiential education programs include ▴ the craft of hanji, where daily props such as pencil holders and fruit trays are made with traditional hanji paper, ▴ calligraphy for creating personalized script using hanji, brushes, and ink, ▴ makeup and costume to experience Western makeup of the 1920s and other styles by time period, ▴ artistic music that includes songs from the past, 6080 acoustic guitar class, and percussion experience, ▴ embroidery art with lessons taught by needlework experts, ▴ dak paper factory, where tradition meets the present, with toys and dolls made from traditional hanji, ▴ art experience, where participants can learn about painting, plastic arts, and handicrafts, and ▴ tea and coffee with drip coffee bag-making and education on manners and history of modern-day teas and drinks.

    Lastly, the “Village Creation Studios,” that exists throughout Donuimun Museum Village, are spaces where individuals and groups, with their own created content that harmonizes with the village’s atmosphere, reside. Each resident holds a minimum of one exhibit, educational program, experiential program, and workshop per day in their personal space.

    Donuimun Museum Village is open from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays and January 1) from 10:00-19:00, and admission is free. More information can be found on the website (http://dmvillage.info) or by calling the Operations Office (☎02-739-6994).

    Donuimun Museum Village Main Facilities and Photos

    Donuimun Museum Village Main Facilities and Photos
    Area Image
    Views of Village
    Village Exhibition Hall
    House of Independence Activists
    Donuimun Club
    Village Exhibition Hall
    Everyday Life Historical Exhibit
    Donuimun Computer and Arcade Room/Saemunan Comic Book Room
    Saemunan Theater
    Samgeori Barber Shop
    Experiential Education Center
    Embroidery Dak Paper Factory
    Master Gallery
    Village Studio
    Fresh Seoul Hanok Experience
    Village Alley