Jinju, South Korea October of 2015 when the sun was up and bright, but autumn is just around the corner. A perfect weather to roam around Jinju and discover something within this charming city of South. We were predestined to visit Jinju Fortress that day and knowingly that Jinju Museum was just located inside the castle, we opted to give ourselves some slight insight about the remnants of Imjin war.
Jinju National Museum:
- Gyeongsangnam-do, Jinju-si, Namgang-ro, 626-35
- Telephone (82-55-7425951~2)
- Fax (82-55-745-7020)
Business Hours: (Close during Mondays)
- 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri)
- 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)
- 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Saturday from April – October)
Directions & Transportation:
- Take a bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Express Bus Terminal station, Subway Line 3,7) to Jinju (Bus schedule: 06:00 – 00:10 (following day), 15-70 intervals / Estimated travel time: 3hrs 50min)
- From the intercity bus terminal, it takes 10 minutes by walk (Towards Jinjuseong Fortress)
- From the Express Bus Terminal, take intra-city bus (No. 15, 25, 17, and 27) and get off at Korea Exchange Bank Station(Oenhwaneunhaeng) (10 min ride)
Credits: IMAGINE YOUR KOREA
The main purpose of this museum is to showcase the paintings, relics, literature, and music during the greatest battle of Imjin war. It operated during November 1, 1984, after the constructions project on December 8, 1984. Every visitors will get the chance to bring with them some insights of what it’s like before during the occurrence of a huge chaotic incident in Jinju when the Japanese plan to take over this city. It will open the mind of tourists about the Culture of Gaya and to conduct research on archaeological sites of Gyeongnam Province. There are 3 Halls inside the museum namely, Imjin War Hall, History and Culture Hall and Duam Hall.
The Duam hall (November 19, 2001) was the latest being opened among the three. Here you can see 179 relics and crafts donated by a Korean entrepreneur named, Kim Yong Du.
The Battle ship used by Korean warriors in which the Japanese found it hard to destroy.
Museum is the least on my lists when you talk about travel, but to the contrary, I love history because it reminds me the hardship and struggles of those heroes who died fighting for their country. What we have and enjoy today is the sacrifices of patriotic people and by visiting this kind of museum will somehow serve as our respect for the remembrance of their heroism. Like South Korea, Philippines also experienced the oppression under the Japanese occupation and we have succeeded of ousting their leadership in our country. As of today, my country and Japan have both moved on with that horrendous past and looking forward to a good partnership in improving one’s economy.
Always keep an eye for more of my South Korea Diaries. 🙂