Independence, when that day comes

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:45pm
National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
Tour Leader: 
Museum Guide & RASKB's Matt VanVolkenburg

These visits comprise of two parts: the first is a short walk through the exhibit, followed by the second which is usually a presentation and a Q&A session on a related topic of the exhibit. This year, visits will be held on the following dates.

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

in cooperation with the 
Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch 

사진 설명이 없습니다.

"Independence, when that day comes"


A Special Exhibition for the centennial of the March 1st Movement

and the Establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea


Date & Time: Wednesday, July 10 - 6:50 pm  
                         (meet in the first floor lobby)
Speakers: Museum Guide and RASKB's Matt VanVolkenburg
Features: A special guided tour, free sandwiches, followed by a special
Venue: 1st Floor, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
            The Museum is between Gyeongbokgung and the U.S. Embassy, and
            across the street from Sejong Arts Center (by Gwanghwamun).
            For directions and transportation information, click here
Admission fee: Free


RSVP: Reservations are required to prepare proper amounts of food;

            Maximum to 30 participants. 

            Please register by clicking here.  

Shedding light on the historical significance of the March 1st Movement and the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic Korea 100 years ago, a special exhibition is open from February 22(Fri.) through September 15(Sun.). The event is co-hosted by the Presidential Commission on the Centennial Anniversary of the March 1st Movement and the Korean Provisional Government (Chairperson HAN, Wan Sang), National Archives of Korea (Head, LEE So-yeon), and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (Director CHU, Chin Oh).  

The special exhibition, composed of three chapters, highlights hidden parts of the history of the March 1st Movement and the early days of the Provisional Government. The first section, “Embracing 1919”, narrates the lives of ordinary people who participated in the March 1st Movement and how the event changed each of their lives afterwards. In the second section, “The People of the Provisional Government, Longing for their Homeland” focuses on the lives of Korean independence activists in and around the Provisional Government by looking into the places and the surroundings where they lived and worked. In the final section, “Dream of Homeland”, the photographs of Korean expatriates who fought for national independence and recent pictures of their descendants are displayed to commemorate their contribution. 

The exhibition features some 200 articles related to the March 1st Movement and the provisional government of the Republic of Korea. Significant among them are the original copy of the Declaration of Independence drafted and published in 1919, Joseon Dongnip-sinmun(Independence Newspaper of Joseon) published in Shanghai, the Taeguk-gi(the Korean national flag) hung on the main hall of the parliament of the Provisional Government. Also on display are items vividly demonstrating the participation of ordinary citizens in the March 1st Movement, including the original text of the court rulings by the Japanese Government General of Korea, a suitcase of KIM, Bung-jun, once Chair of the Parliament of the Provisional Government, the first issue of the magazine “Shinhan Chongnyun (New Korean Youth),” a letter of appeal drafted by representatives of the Korean Christ Church, as well as two pieces of painting titled <People>(1983) by LEE, Ung-no.


Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is normally open as follows:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
                                   10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please call before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796

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