Gansong Art Museum

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Gansong Art Museum
Hangul 간송미술관
Hanja 澗松美術館
Revised Romanization Gansong misulgwan
McCune–Reischauer Gansong misulkwan

Gansong Art Museum is the first modern private museum of Korea and was founded by Jeon Hyeongpil (전형필 全鎣弼) in 1938. The museum was named after the pen name of the founder, Gansong (간송 澗松). The aim of the foundation was to prevent Japanese removal of Korean cultural properties, during the Japanese occupation.[1] At times, numerous Korean cultural properties were taken to Japan, such as Goryeo porcelains, statues of Buddha made in Silla kingdom, documents and books made in Joseon dynasty.[2] Jeon Hyeongpil contributed at his own expense to protect Korean culture and art.

The museum holds many top-rated antique pieces of art such as Hunmin jeongeum (No. 70 National Treasure), Donggukjeongun Book 1, 2 (No. 71 National Treasure), Geumdong gyemimyeong samjonbul (No. 72 National Treasure), Hyewon pungsokdo.


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  1. ^ Gansong Art Museum to Display National Treasures from KBS Global
  2. ^ (Korean) Brief information about Gansong Art Museum from Yahoo Korea dictionary Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 37°35′39.13″N 126°59′47.68″E / 37.5942028°N 126.9965778°E / 37.5942028; 126.9965778