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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Equine Museum of Korea, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province: Korean Cavalry, Redefined.


If you like horses, then this museum will be of interest to you. To commemorate the 1988 Seoul Olympics and to preserve the equine culture of Korea, the Korea Racing Association opened the Equine Museum of Korea (Hanja: 馬事博物館) in September 13th 1988 to make people more aware of the important role that horses played in defining Korea's traditional culture. This museum is located inside Seoul Racecourse Park area (Specific Location: 107 Racecourse Parkway/GyeongmaGongwonno, Juam-dong 685-beonji, Gwacheon City, Gyeonggi Province).

With more than 1,300 items on display, the museum presents a variety of artifacts dating from the Three Kingdoms period (1st century BC to 7th century AD), Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), as well as the present-day Republic of Korea.

The notable paintings that available in this museum are Gyeokgudo (격구도/擊毬圖/Korean Polo) and Yuhasinmado (유하신마도/柳下神馬圖/Divine Horse Under The Willow), which is painted by Cheongjeong Lee Yeo-seong (청정 이여성/靑汀 李如星; Born: 1901 - Year of Death: Unknown) and Simjeon Ahn Joong-shik (심전 안중식/心田 安中植; Born: August 28th 1861 - Died: September 10th 1919) respectively. 

In addition, cavalry equipment is displayed along with pottery which is regarding to the horses such as Horn-shaped cup during Gaya Confederacy Days [5th-6th Century], Goryeo Dynasty's Horse Bit, Imperial Crown Prince Uimin's Horse Saddle, Silver Horse Bells during Silla Dynasty Days and Horse Requisition Tablet [마패/馬牌/Mapae] during the reign of King Soji-Maripgan, 21st Monarch of Silla Dynasty.