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Online Media Special Exhibition War and Peace : The Path from the Imjin War to the Joseon Tongsinsa

  • Period 2022 - 10 - 05 ~ 2022 - 12 - 31
  • Showroom Online
  • Ticket fee free


The whole world is experiencing unprecedented difficulties due to the spread of COVID-19. While being keenly aware of the fear of infectious diseases, we are doing our best to overcome this. At this very moment, when all social activities are curtailed, the National Maritime Museum of Korea(MMK) has given careful consideration to the issue of how to safely impart maritime history and culture through exhibitions.

During this pandemic period, while the country has struggled to practice social distancing to protect the community in the face of danger, our museum has also planned and presented an exhibition, properly prepared for this time.

The year 2022 marks 430 years since the outbreak of the Imjin War(the Japanese Invasion of Korea) and the fifty year since documents on the Joseon Tongsinsa(the Joseon envoy to Japan) were registered with UNESCO.

To commemorate this meaningful year, the MMK has prepared an online media special exhibition to showcase the Imjin War and the Joseon Tongsinsa. The exhibition is composed of three parts. Part 1. Engagement: The Imjin War, which came from across the sea, Part 2. Protection: Buddhist Monk Troops(僧軍) guarding the country with Buddha`s teaching(佛法), Part 3. Communication: the Joseon Tongsinsa sailing across the sea. Part 4. Legacy: the UNESCO Memory of the World. The Online Media Special Exhibition of the MMK is a multiple network node exhibition based on the humanities. In terms of the functions and roles of the museum, this exhibition represents a step forward from the way of simply accepting visitors coming to the museum.

I would like to express my gratitude to the following domestic and international cooperating organizations for helping our museum host this exhibition by generously allowing us to use images of artifacts in their possession: the Koryo Museum of Art in Japan, the Tokyo National Museum in Japan, the Osaka Museum of History in Japan, the Yamaguchi Museum in Japan, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Archives in Japan, the Korea Army Museum, the National Library of Korea, the National Institute of Korean History, the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, the Institute for the Translation of Korean Classics, the Busan Museum, the Ulsan Museum, the Beomeosa Buddhist Museum. In addition, my heartfelt thanks goes out to the staff of the MMK who did their best to create a wonderful exhibition.

On the 10th anniversary of the opening of the MMK, we are pushing ahead with renovations for a new leap forward in development. We kindly request your attention and encouragement for the future of the MMK, which will be presenting a fresh maritime culture and history experience in 2023. Thank you.

Director General of the National Maritime Museum of Korea
Kim Tae-Man