Visitor looking at the displays in Room 67

Room 67

Korea

300 BC – present
The Korea Foundation Gallery

Visiting the gallery

Opening times

Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)

Korea has a rich material and visual culture and a long and enduring history.

The Korean peninsula is about as large as the UK. Since 1948 it has been divided into the Republic of Korea in the south and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north.

This gallery creates an encounter with the peninsula's art, history and culture, through the important collections of the British Museum and also through loans from partner institutions, including the National Museum of Korea.

Building on the strengths of the collections, objects on display date mainly from about AD300 to the present and include ceramics, metalwork, sculpture, paintings, prints, textiles, lacquer and coins. A reconstruction of a sarangbang, or scholar's study, built by contemporary Korean master craftsmen in summer 2000, displays traditional Korean architecture.

The gallery was created in 2000 thanks to the generosity of the Korea Foundation and refurbished in 2014 with a grant from the National Museum of Korea.

Accessibility

  • A large print guide is available. 
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available from audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Seating is available.
  • Step-free access. 
  • View sensory map.

Visit Accessibility at the Museum for more information.