The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) selects and promotes its monthly selections for “Future Heritage of the Month.” For December’s Future Heritage of the Month, the SMG held a vote from November 11 to 21, and selected Nakwon Music Mall, which is the first residential complex in Korea and a shopping center for musical interactions, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, which exhibits the history of Korea’s modern development, and “Winter in Solitary Cell 62,” a poem based on poet Kim Gwang-seop’s experience of imprisonment in Seodaemun Prison.
① Nakwon Music Mall
Nakwon Music Mall is the largest musical instrument mall in Korea, built in December 1970. It serves as a shopping center for musical instruments and products as well as the epicenter for exchange of information related to music. It was built as the first residential complex in Korea, and the SMG selected it as future heritage in 2013 for maintaining the culture and history of music. Currently, there are a total of 221 stores that sells musical instruments as well as audio equipment and accessories.
② National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History opened in 2012 to collect, preserve, and study materials related to the development of Korea. Before its opening as a museum, it served as the office of the Economic Planning Board and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The SMG designated it as future heritage in 2013 in recognition of its historicity as the foundation of Korea’s economy and culture. The museum consists of four permanent exhibition halls and two special exhibition halls, and exhibits the history of Korea’s development from various aspects. Currently, citizens can visit after making a reservation online due to the nationwide phased return to normalcy.
③ “Winter in Solitary Cell 62”
“Winter of Solitary Cell 62” is a poem written by poet Kim Gwang-seop, and it was featured in the poetry book Heart published in December 1949. Written based on his experience of imprisonment over three years and eight months, it depicts the painful imprisonment of independence activists in solitary cells in Seodaemun Prison. The SMG designated it as future heritage in 2016 for its literary significance.
Seoul Future Heritage is the city’s modern and contemporary heritage that embodies the memories and emotions to which a majority of Seoul citizens can relate. Since 2013, 489 counts of cultural heritage have been designated as future heritage. The SMG offers various public programs to form a consensus to preserve future heritage.
Future Heritage of December
|Nakwon Music Mall||National Museum of Korean Contemporary History|