The Korean Film Museum consists of a peanut-shaped Grand Exhibit Hall with two arenas, two special exhibit sections, two small exhibition rooms, and a small theater. Discover the history of Korean cinema in the Grand Exhibit Hall. The entire wall is devoted to a permanent display 'Travel in Time across Korean Cinema'. Four distinct periods in Korean film history are presented through a series of permanent exhibits including a music box corner with original sound tracks as well as movie posters. The two special exhibit sections consist of a display devoted to the representation of women in Korean films and a special section, titled 'all about moving images'. There is a room for exhibits that outline the principles behind the production of and restoration of movie images and another that is set aside for the history of Korean animation. There is also an exhibition space that consists of a specially constructed setting where you may experience the ambience of a silent film theater.|
Outside the Museum, around the exterior wall, the development of world film history is recorded in four bands of chronological tables detailing the key events in Korean, East Asian & Third World, European and American film histories respectively.
In the Museum Shop, you may buy all the books published and all the DVDs released by the Korean Film Archive as well as souvenirs related to films.
Regular Exhibition Hall: Travel in Time across Korean Cinema
First Period 1903 ~ 1945
Second Period 1945 ~1972
- Era of Motion Pictures
- The First Korean Film
- Arirang and Na Woon-gyu
- The Oldest Film Existing in Korea
- The First Sound Film, 'The Story of Chun-hyang'
- Era of Militarism
Third Period 1972 ~ 1986
- Independence Period and War Films
- The First Woman Director and the Birth of Movie-women
- The Growth Period of Korean Film, 1950s
- Shin Film, the Film Empire
- The Renaissance of Korean Film , 1960s
Fourth Period 1987 ~ Now
- Era of Censorship
- Youth Culture and 1970s
- Groping in the Dark, 1980s
- Korean New Wave
- Im Kwon-taek and Sopyonje
- Renaissance of Korean film
- The Age of 10 Million Film Audiences
- Korean Films Now
The Representation of Women in Korean Films
In this exhibition, you can consider Korea's social and cultural history through the diverse and colorful female characters portrayed in Korean films by some of Korea's most admired actresses. From Moon Ye-bong, the best actress during the Japanese colonial period to Jeon Do-youn, the most recent world star, the figures and images of 12 actresses are displayed here.
"Comics meet Movies" (12. 4. 20 ~ 12. 10.21)
Silent Film Theater
The silent film theater is a miniature reconstruction of 'Won-gak-sa', an actual film theater in Seoul that was established in 1911. Here you can travel back in time to the era before sound film and experience the ambience of a silent film theater with the voice of Kim Young-hwan, the famous movie narrator of the 1920s.
In this room, the history of Korean animation from the first Korean feature animation, Hong Gil-dong, to the present-day is on display. The Animation Room includes displays of characters and moving images. You can also make use of a large zoetrope to experience the principles of animation.
Principles behind Images Exhibition
In this area, the entire life of a movie from its production to its screening and possible restoration is outlined for you. The exhibits include the production location diorama of Secret Sunshine (2007) the process of projecting a 35mm documentary onto the screen and the processes involved in the restoration of damaged films.