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An Art Refusing to Stay in Tradition, and Coming into Our Daily LivesThe Nokcheongja (Green celadon) Museum, Seo-gu, Incheon
The answer to the question is that the museum isn’t alive. If our museum is as much dynamic as the movie, “Night at the Museum,” which is so popular that the threequel of the movie was released, no kids are indifferent to the museum. In addition, there are too many no-no’s. It is hard to take pictures and to touch something. It is big trouble for kids. They want to take pictures and feel it. Of course, the museum is a “hand-on experience,” but it’s not enough to excite children. But it is not the case for the Nokcheongja (Green Celadon) Museum located in Gyeongseo-dong, Seo-gu in Incheon.
Though few green celadon items left whole limit a valid judgment, it is safe to say that they look like going well with ordinary life. They are usually made for bowls, dishes, bottles, plates, and pots which are very useful in daily life. Their simplicity and plainness is of subdued style.
The Museum, an interesting culture space, displays various relics that well show the features and history of green celadon. Visitors can have a first-hand experience through many programs. As ceramics are in our daily life rather than remaining in the past, the museums are offering lessons us in everyday life.
Potteries representing each era are on display along with green celadon and the relics of celadon. In particular, the floor reproduces the inside of real kiln in Gyeongseo-dong, and life-size mannequins are installed to explain the process of making potteries. They are very impressive. A special exhibit room presents prize winners of Korea Contemporary Ceramic Arts Contest, which began since 2004, and the works of Incheon’s modern potters. At a glance, they do not resemble the traditional ones. But if you take a close view, they will disclose their own attraction that has something in common with traditional ones.
It is composed of one-day ceramic experience and regular course. In one-day course, visitors can have an experience of making their own works – dishes, bowls, cups, and clay dolls - with the help of professionals. The program includes throwing, coiling, making clay dolls, plate forming, and painting on ceramics. As part of life-long education, the regular course runs 4 or 8 times per month for 3 hours and follows more expert curriculum: introduction to ceramic crafts, lifestyle pottery, modern pottery, and more.
But it is located in nearby golf course and has not any special items. Accordingly, visitation to the Museum can be more than enough. 2014 Incheon Asiad Main Stadium is within walking distance.
15 to 20 percent discount is offered to groups of more than 20 people.
The Nokcheongja Museum
- Location: 54 Doyoji-ro (Gyeongseo-dong) Seo-gu, Incheon
- Transportation: Take buses at Geoman Station of Airport Rail or Gyesan Station of Incheon Subway Line No.1
- Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Admission: free