Gyesan Global Village Museum
About 15 minutes west of Jungangno Station on foot is Gyesan Global Village Museum, a fairly newish addition to Daegu’s large stable of museums. I first saw it by chance a few weeks ago but had to wait until recently to stop by. Because the weather was hot, even in the early morning, walking over there was a bit much, but I’m glad I did.
First of all, I can’t strictly vouch for the accuracy of the museum’s name. Frankly, there’s nothing global about this place, and there’s certainly no “global village” perspective like I was expecting.
I originally thought, “Wow, great, I guess they present a lot of multicultural stuff and talk about how interlaced people of the world are.” However, this museum is 100% full of Korean stuff. Random stuff. Sometimes just piles of stuff.
But, that can be a lot of fun too. Just read ahead and decide if the 5,000 won admission fee is okay with you.
Fair warning, though-The information pamphlet and all of the museum’s descriptions are in Korean. My language skills aren’t the best, so don’t be upset if I get something wrong or out of context.
Upon entering and buying a ticket, the first floor is given over to some pretty odd geological formations. Stalagmites? Stalactites? Something pyroclastic? Dozens and dozens of formations are arrayed around the room. It’s a bit bizarre, but it looks cool.
In a case to the right are dozens and dozens of horns of some kind. Again, my Korean language skills don’t include geological terminology, so I’m not entirely sure about some of the specifics. There’s a random cart and some stone lions here and there as well.
There are a few more floors, each with various collections of pottery, sword handles, dolls, more stone lions, children’s wooden tricycles, TVs, etc. There’s not a lot of narration in this museum – a lot of show with little tell. It’s apparent that all the materials have been collected with great care, but for what purpose is unclear exactly.
The top of the building has a fairly nice view across from Daegu Jeil Church.
For people interested in seeing bits and pieces gathered from everyday life in the distant past, Gyesan Global Village Museum could be a good diversion. I love history, myself, and like to get a peek at worlds that used to be. There’s a lot of village items here as well, so it’s nice to try and picture what life was like before Korea became so heavily urbanized and modern.
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Click here to find Gyesan Global Village Museum
Admission: 5,000 won (3,000 won for students, veterans and the disabled)
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal and Chuseok)
Address: 대구광역시 중구 서성로28 (계산동)