Gyeongju National Museum (경주국립박물관)
Gyeongju National Museum began storing and exhibiting Silla-era relics and artifacts following the founding of the Gyeongju Historic Site Preservation Society in 1913. In 1945, it was officially launched as a branch of the National Museum of Korea. When a new museum building was constructed in 1975, it received the status of a national museum.
With its well-organized collection of superlative Silla-era artifacts, Gyeongju National Museum serves as a good guide, laying out systematic knowledge and information relating to Gyeongju. Since it allows visitors to discover at a glance the history of the Unified Silla Kingdom as well as the charm of Gyeongju, it is considered a must-see stop for tourists.
The museum’s holdings include approximately 79,000 artifacts, 13 national treasures, and 26 treasures, with exhibits displaying some 2,400 artifacts as of 1998.
Gyeongju National Museum
houses permanent exhibits in the Archaeology Hall, Art Hall, Anapji Hall, and the Museum Garden exhibition area, as well as occasional special exhibitions on designated themes.
1. Archaeology Hall : This hall consists of four exhibition rooms, including Room 1,
exhibiting relics dating from prehistoric times up through the point when the formation
of the Silla kingdom began, along with Rooms 2 and 3, where artifacts excavated from
Silla tombs are displayed, and Gukeun Memorial Hall.
2. Art Hall : Works of Buddhist art, which flourished in the Silla era, are exhibited on
the first floor. On the second floor, the Metal Craft Room features a collection of
engraved inscriptions from the Silla era, and the Hwangnyongsa Room displays relics and
artifacts from the Hwangnyongsa Temple site.
3. Anapji Hall : Exhibited here are relics excavated from Anapji, featuring splendid items
used in daily life by the royal family and nobility.
4. Museum Garden Exhibition Area : Here you can view such relics as the Divine Bell
of King Seongdeok (Seongdeokdaewang-sinjong, also known as the Emille Bell) and
stone artifacts, including a three-story stone pagoda.