Gallery of Korea | Level 1

  • Buddha figure (gilded bronze), Korea, 8th century AD.
  • Celadon Cup and Stand (glazed stoneware), Koryo Dynasty, Korea, 1150 - 1250 AD.
  • Moveable Type (wood), Choson Dynasty, Korea, 18th century.
  • Painting, Flying Kites on New Year’s Day (ink and colour on paper), attributed to Gisan (Him Jun-geun), Korea, 1885-1910.

Where artistry meets technology.  

The Koreans produced the earliest woodblock text, and invented the world's first metal movable type 200 years before Gutenberg's printing press. A legacy of artistry and technology influences almost every aspect of life in this diverse civilization.  Hundreds of objects from ceramics and furniture to technology and metalwork chronicle the history of Korea in the only permanent gallery of Korean art in Canada. Gallery highlights include pieces highlighting the history and development of Korean ceramics from stoneware to porcelain, and Korea's rich history of printing, calligraphy and painting. 

About the Gallery


Approximately 260 objects from the ROM's distinguished collection of Korean artifacts are on display. 


The Korean peninsula – currently divided into the countries of North Korea and South Korea – lies between China, Russia and Japan in East Asia.  


From the 1st to 20th centuries AD.

ROM Staff

Sascha Priewe

Managing Director - Culture Centres (Ancient Cultures, World Art & Culture, Textiles & Fashions)

Justin Jennings

Curator (New World Archaeology)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui