Folklife can be defined as all of the lifestyles that reflect the way of the lives of people. Folklife that is explicitly and implicitly expressed in our actions, has a defining impact on our lives, and gives us guidance in a new world. As such, through folklife, we can more easily access the surrounding world, and actively and effectively respond to it.
The National Folk Museum of Korea is a collection that represents such folklife. More specifically, it is a particular physical space and cultural venue that physically maintains sociocultural contents about Koreans, Korean society, and Korean culture. The museum performs such basic functions as collecting, exhibiting, and researching the folklife materials as well as the provision of education for the general public. The most fundamental among these functions is the collection of folklife materials.
Unlike archeological specimens and art history materials, folklife materials are closely related to the everyday life of our ancestors in the past, they can be found easily in our surroundings and are also highly familiar to us. However, they are being substantially transfigured today and are in some cases even disappearing due to the vast change in Koreans’ lifestyles. Therefore, the museum obtains the items through purchases, donations or loans artifacts that are fast disappearing, in order to preserve the folklore materials. As the result of such efforts, the museum, as at the end of January, 2015, has successfully managed to collect an extensive range of 118,766 artifacts, representing all aspects of life in Korea through the different ages.

The National Folk Museum of Korea strives to be the nation’s leading museum on the history of traditional life, and, for this reason, most of the collection is closely related to the daily routines and occupations of the pre-modern Koreans. The diverse range of items includes wooden kimchi containers acquired during a folk research project in Gangwon Province’s mountainous communities, skirts and jackets worn by newlywed brides, Joseon-era ornaments unearthed from graves during the relocation of the graves, farming tools that have been the most welcome instrument during the arduous farming, and records in the form of ancient documents on real estate transactions between individuals. The museum is categorizing these artifacts according to their applications and functions.

Collection Catalogue

An English Catalogue of the National Folk Museum of Korea, [The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea] has been published along with the catalogue in Korean.

Records on the Korean Lifestyle
The Catalogue of Collections comprehensively integrates the performances of 14 years of data and material collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea. Since the relocation to the current site in 1993, it introduces each of the stages of the life cycle of Koreans from birth to death in great detail. This catalogue is anticipated to make a great contribution towards the passing on of traditional cultures, as well as further elevate the artistic and academic values of the collections. Moreover, the titles of all the collections along with their proper pronunciation with an entry number are given in order for everyone to enjoy the catalogue.

The Lives of Korean viewed through the Catalogue
In the catalogue, a total of 638 representing cultural artefacts, including several national designated cultural properties, was selected carefully to show the daily life of Koreans among 85,000 pieces of collections from the National Folk Museum of Korea. Under the five main chapters of the Catalogue, namely, ‘Sustaining Life’, ‘Supporting Life’, ‘Forming Life’, ‘Enjoying Life’ and ‘Ending Life’, an extensive range of materials related to the daily life culture, including housing, clothing, food, occupations (agriculture and commerce), family and education, success, religion, entertainment and leisurely activities, handicrafts, funeral rites, and ancestral rites, etc. are introduced. Moreover, brief outlines are given on the significance and meaning of each object, and also outlines written by specialists from the National Folk Museum of Korea together with photographs of the museum's collecting activities.
This Catalogue will be a great resource to those who want to know more about Korea in-depth as well as those who want to introduce Korean culture abroad. Catalogues are available at the museum shop of the National Folk Museum of Korea and at major bookstores.

• Title: 『The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea』
• Size: A4 & Pocket book size
• Page: A4 (328 pages), Pocketbook (224 pages)
• Price: A4 Size(43,000 KW)/ Pocketbook (16,000KW)
• Available at: Museum Shop of the NFMK(02-735-6630) and other major bookstores

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