Citizens museum college, kids museum school in operation
Changwon City is offering opportunities for its citizens to learn the history and traditional culture of the region at both the city-run Masan Museum and Changwon History and Folk Museum.
◇City-run Masan Museum
The museum opened two classes on regional history and traditional culture at a ceremony on Sept. 27. Classes will continue for 11 weeks through early December.
The session on regional history class takes place from 2-4 p.m. every Thursday with lectures centered on the city’s history and culture and a trip to heritage sites in Changwon.
Like regional history, classes on traditional culture are conducted from 2 p.m. every Friday, highlighting the city’s traditional culture along with field trips to regional heritage sites.
The kids museum school opened on Sept. 22 for a six-week course. It is scheduled to conduct lessons every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. featuring, among others topics like “knowing our region’s interesting history,” “folktales and legends,” “Dokdo is our territory” and “ecology experience.”
◇Changwon History and Folk Hall
Visitors can experience hanji (Korean traditional paper), knot making, rubbing and leather crafting at the Changwon History and Folk Hall, which opened on Aug. 24 along Changi Daero street in Uichang-gu. They can also feel the history and culture of Changwon when looking around the hall.
The class on “experiencing traditional culture” is conducted every Saturday and is open to all interested citizens who must register before 9:30 a.m. before the classes begin.
The municipal government constructed the two-story museum near the House of Changwon at a cost of 9.5 billion won. It has a floor space of 3,238 square meters, including the basement.
The special exhibition room, the video exhibition room and storage room are located in the basement. The history room and the modern room are on the first floor and two folk rooms on the second floor. The hall has auxiliary facilities, such as the Numaru pavilion (Changwon Maru), folk artifact exhibition and a souvenir shop and a convenience store for visitors.