The World Jewellery Museum in Seoul, Korea was founded in 2004 by Lee Kang-won, poet and wife of a former diplomat, whose jewellery collection embodies 30 years of her nomadic existence around the world. It is one of the world’s few museums entirely devoted to jewellery and houses the internationally renowned collection of ancient, ethnic and contemporary pieces.
The museum is situated in the cultural mecca of the North Village Bukchon where history and culture pulse with the daily rhythms of contemporary life. Selected as one of Conde Nast Traveller magazine’s top five destinations for jewellery experience and voted as one of the top ten most fashionable museums in the world, the museum has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of jewellery spanning fifteen centuries.
The museum presents over 1000 items of jewellery from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the South Pacific regions in the nine exhibition galleries such as “Jewellery Garden,” “Amber Wall,” “Forest of Modern Jewellery,” “El Dorado Gallery,” and “Altar of the Crosses.” It has earned its reputation as the “Jewel of Seoul” with its innovative, aesthetic approach to exhibit designs.
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Designed by the award winning Korean architect Kim Seung-Hoy, the museum is an elaborate combination of copper, glass, wood, concrete and stainless steel based on the scale of the life residing in the neighborhood.
The curling alleyways which are the essence of Bukchon’s beauty are reflected in the meticulously measured approach to the pyramid-like interior.