The Bank of Korea Currency Museum

The Bank of Korea Currency Museum is located at the Republic of Korea, 110 Namdaemunno 3-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

 

The Bank of Korea Currency Museum. Overview.

The Bank of Korea Currency Museum. Overview.

 

The exhibitions in the Bank of Korea Currency Museum that was founded in 2011, tell about the history of the economy of the country. The specialization of the museum is also connected to the numismatics.

 

The museum is housed in a historic monument, built in 1912 former head office of the Bank of Korea.

 

 

History

 

The building of the museum, formerly the headquarters of the Bank of Korea, is under protection as a national landmark that is closely related to the history of the country. The original building was designed for the Seoul branch of Bank of Dai-ichi by the renowned Japanese architect Tatsuno Kingo, the author of Tokyo Station and the building of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo.

The Bank of Korea Currency Museum. Ceiling paintings.

The Bank of Korea Currency Museum. Ceiling paintings.

The construction of the building began in November 1907, but the plans were not implemented due to the fact that the construction works were stopped. The construction of the building was completed only in January 1912, and at first it was used as the headquarters of the Bank of Chosen (bank Joseon). This was the central Bank of Korea, actually working for the Joseon Dynasty under the Japanese during the occupation.

 

After Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945, the Bank of Chosen was dissolved by the Allied occupation authorities and replaced in June 1950 by the central bank of South Korea. However, the building has retained its status as the main office for the newly formed bank. During the Korean War the building suffered from air raids, but was restored for two and a half years, from May 1956 to October 1958.

Since then, the building was the head office of the Bank of Korea. The last employee of the Bank of Korea left the building in December 2000 and it became the Museum of the Bank of Korea, which officially opened June 13, 2001.

 

Architecture

 

Designed in the early 20th century, the building of the museum with its total area of 8703.5 square meters was partially done in the French architecture style, the Renaissance. Modern material used in the construction — concrete and steel, was faced with granite. The main entrance to the building, supported by four columns of the Tuscan order, combined with pediments, pilasters and balustrades is made of granite.

 

For the convenience of visitors, the Museum has an organized parking.

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