Korean Central History Museum
Pyongyang, North Korea
Korean Central History Museum Pyongyang Reviews
Museum about Korea's (sometimes imagined) history Apr 30, 2010
This visit to the museum was an option, instead of the mandatory visits to the various sites in Pyongyang. I choose this museum over a lecture.
The museum at first looks grand and pretty modern on the outside, but once inside, it's immediately noticeable that it could use a fresh coat of paint and a proper renovation.
The museum has 19 rooms where over 100.000 items are on display, the majority of them being fake or remakes of the actual artifacts found. It's a nationalistic view about the history of Korea, dating from the eary ages till present. And the guide had a good knowledge about everything.
As mentioned above, most items are fake or reproductions/scale models of paintings, clothing, weapons, ammunition, some jewelry and coins. There was even a display of the oldest human ever to be found.
Yes, they claim to have found the remains of the oldest human. It was "conveniently" found near the home of the great Leader, Kim Il Sung. But it's discovery place, as well as any proof of the actual find weren't mentioned.
Seeing the mostly fake items and the discovery of the oldest human, made me wonder how much of the Korean history had been made up or did actually occur.
Is it worth a visit? One side it isn't, but on the other hand: you do get an inside on how they view their national history, even if it means "creating it".
As all the visits to the various sites were included in the tour, it was unknown to me about the costs. That's why I made them free.
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