Gallery of Korea | Level 1

  • Buddha figure (gilded bronze), Korea, 8th century AD.
    Approximately 260 objects showcase Korea's artistic legacy in thematic gallery sections including: Ceramics, Buddhist Art, Decorative Arts, Calligraphy and Painting, and Printing Technology.
  • Celadon Cup and Stand (glazed stoneware), Koryo Dynasty, Korea, 1150 - 1250 AD.
    Korean ceramics are hailed as some of the most beautiful in the world. Trace its history through stoneware from as early as 57 BC, to stunning celadon-glazed objects (shown here), blue-and-white porcelains, and works by leading modern ceramicists.
  • Moveable Type (wood), Choson Dynasty, Korea, 18th century.
    The world's earliest known woodblock text was printed in Korea in the 8th century AD, and the Koreans invented the world's first metal movable type in the early 13th century AD.
  • Painting, Flying Kites on New Year’s Day (ink and colour on paper), attributed to Gisan (Him Jun-geun), Korea, 1885-1910.
    The artistry and beauty of Korean painting and calligraphy have been highly esteemed throughout history as a testament to technical skill, and moral and cultural refinement.

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

What? 

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

Where?

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

When?

From the 1st to 20th centuries AD.

ROM Staff

Associate Curator (North American Archaeology)

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui