Are you familiar with the Chonbuk National University Museum? Would you like to enter the new museum? The CBNU Globe reporters went to the museum to introduce it to all of the students. The new Chonbuk National University Museum opens from 9: 30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is closed on weekends, holidays and school anniversaries. The admission fee is free. Enter the automatic door and look around the first floor.
Now, let’s look at more details about the Chonbuk National University Museum!
● The Newest Museum
Since 2004, when the school planned to rebuild the museum, it secured 15 billion won of budget and completed building the museum in 2010. After transferring all the exhibits for one year, finally the new museum opened.
The newly built museum has three floors above ground and one underground. The external facade of the building is covered with glass to symbolize communication with people, and the structure is in the shape of the number seven to convey good luck to all visitors.
Including its four permanent exhibitions, the museum has seven exhibit halls: the Ancient Culture Room, Living Culture Room, Art & Culture Room, Record Culture Room, Donated Culture Room, CBNU History Hall and Planning Exhibition Room. The storage in the museum keeps relic antiquities safe using a constant temperature and humidity system.
In addition, the museum has an auditorium which can accommodate 150 people, a seminar room to study and research and a break area to search for information on the internet.
● The History of Chonbuk National University
Opening the automatic door, we finally entered the museum. The inside of the museum was clean and sophisticated because of its being a newly built building. We walked into the CBNU History Hall holding a pamphlet from the information desk. The History Hall arranges the exhibits in four sections according to the process of the school’s development. In Section One you can see all the changes of CBNU. It shows the history at a glance of three colleges which existed before CBNU was born. In Section Two we encountered data about school personnel and students. It showed various data about the history of teacher research and lectures, the business life of employees, and the entrance and graduation of students. Section Three shows the images publicizing CBNU, through which we felt the strength of CBNU. Lastly, Section Four showed the Alumni Association and international exchanges which helped to establish the forward-looking vision of CBNU.
We could also see the symbol mark and symbol pattern which made us feel pride for our school.
● Relics of Jeollabuk-do
The Donated Culture Room is on the second floor. Since openingthe museum in 1961, the school has been greatly indebted to those who donated assets. Many individuals, families and organizations donated earthenware, pottery, paintings and ancient documents. The donated assets collected for half a century became mirrors to reflect the history and culture of Jeollabuk-do and are a vivid record in the museum.
A wide variety of assets were discovered in Jangsu Namyang-ri, Yongdam dam, and Wanju Sangun-ri. The museum played a pivotal role of preservation and study. It makes an effort to preserve relic works to keep the noble meaning and mind of the donors.
● From Ancient Times to the Joseon Dynasty
The permanent exhibition rooms, located on the third floor, are divided into four parts by subject. First, we entered the Ancient-Culture Room. There are lots of artifacts from the prehistoric age to the Goryeo dynasty, and some of these relics were excavated by the CBNU Museum. We could see various kinds of earthenware such as combed ware and plain ware which are well-known artifacts of the prehistoric times, including stoneware. Also, we could see agricultural implements which were important parts of life and decorative accessories like necklaces. In particular, an image for exploring ancient monuments through a screen on the bottom fascinated us. Next, we moved to the Living-Culture Room, which exhibited articles for daily use. As if we walked around the village in the Joseon dynasty, we could feel warmness and familiarity in that exhibition room. There were folding screens, shelves which were used in the reception room in a house for male guests and furniture, and norigaes, ornaments which were used in women's quarters, in that exhibition room. Next, we could keep an eye out for the spirit of Jeollabuk-do’s art in the Art Culture Room. Jeollabuk-do has been famous for its traditional style and grace, so we could see lots of representative works exhibiting arts and cultures of our region. For example, there were Korean classical music instruments such as geomungo and gayageum, ceramics, handwriting and drawing which made us feel the soul of classical scholars. In particular, it was a great opportunity to feel the beauty of the arts through looking deep into the development process of ceramics such as celadon and white porcelain. Finally, the Record Culture Room, where CBNU is proud of itself, has more than 20,000 ancient documents. There are various kinds of ancient documents that presented the lives of ordinary people at that time. You don't have to worry if it is boring because of the detailed interpretation, which makes the substance of documents are understandable and fun.
● Special Courses for You
This is not the end. The CBNU museum operates special courses and a Museum University to exchange and interact with students and citizens. Special courses are a short-period time courses and are progressed with the experts. They start in February and it is in the works to start the course during the semester for more student participation. The Museum University is a grand project and is held on Wednesdays, once a week. Students can learn detailed subjects and in-depth study through this long-period course. Do we have to only study in the museum? You can watch the movie for free with Thursday Cinema. Of course, movies are related to the museum and are well-made movies that achieve recognition by the people. They are held at the auditorium 2 p.m. every Thursday. Why don't you watch the movie in the museum?
● Outdoor Exhibitions, Planning Exhibition Room
Stone images, stone pagodas and stone Buddha figures from the Joseon Dynasty are displayed in the museum’s garden. People can easily see and appreciate Korean traditional stone art.
In particular, the burial custom of those days can be seen through tombs formed in the period of the Three Kingdoms, which were moved from excavated sites to the museum to be restored.
The Planning Exhibition Room is used as a place where college students and local residents can communicate all together based on exhibits by theme. As the first exhibit, a special exhibit will be held to promote results of investigating Sangwoon-ri heritage site, Wanju, which was excavated and investigated by the Chonbuk National University Museum in commemoration of the opening of the museum.
The museum plans to promote a variety of exhibits annually such as exhibits of graduation works, research achievement, other works produced by Chonbuk National University students, and exhibits that students and local residents participate in all together.
● Interview with Lee Jong-cheol, curator of the CBNU Museum
1. How do you feel about the opening of CBNU's new museum recently?
-The previous facility was not proper to exhibit and educate since it was worn out. I am very pleased about the opening of the new museum to make preparation toward being a true museum.
2. What is the difference between the CBNU Museum and others?
-The CBNU Museum has many ancient documents, more than 20,000, in contrast to other university museums. In particular, CBNU Museum promotes this part in priority, operating its Record Culture Room in isolation. Plus, we manage a Donated Culture Room displaying more than 1,600 items of donated artifacts by citizens.
3. How is the museum operated?
-The CBNU museum is divided into two departments. One is the Department of Art and Science Study and the other is Administration. The former manages operation of cultural education and scientific investigations. Cultural education covers special courses, the Museum University, and showing movies for students and citizens. Scientific investigation is also studied as a priority. Lastly, the administration manages the maintenance of museum facilities.
4. I heard CBNU museum tries to excavate cultural assets. Tell me about the detailed story.
-Public Organizations entrust excavation of assets to outside facilities, showing advertisement on an official gazette. Then, we write up an investigation plan. If we are judged for our validity, we come forward in bidding. We accomplished 16 cultural asset investigations last year and are setting them out now.
5. Finally, what do you want to say to students?
-I know many students direct their energies to getting jobs in addition to learning. I hope to say to university students, "You can get a way to get a job with the museum." It is a place of meditation, looking around at artifacts and getting rid of useless thoughts in your head. Therefore, I want you to refreshed and be inspired in yourself.
Do you feel the museum is still an unfamiliar and boring place? Don't you have any interest to visit the CBNU Museum as a CBNU student? We hope all students will be fascinated with the charm of CBNU by reading this article. I want you to get something helpful for your own life in every single way from the museum. You had better visit the CBNU Museum when you are weak in a free afternoon.
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