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Date : 14-05-28 10:43
[notice] Tradition & Culture - Donglim Knot Museum
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Tradition & Culture - Donglim Knot Museum 


Donglim Maedeup (Knot) Museum was established in 2004 and features exhibits on a variety of 
decorative traditional knotting. On display are a wide variety of pieces, from decorative items to 
materials for knotting including Norigae (Korean traditional ornaments worn by women), belts, 
pockets, Sunchu (ornaments with fans), Yuso (ornaments with flags), multicolor-dyed threads and 
string. The museum consists of three main hanok-style exhibition galleries (Hanok is a traditional 
Korean-style house), namely the traditional Korean knot gallery, the modern Korean knot gallery 
and the Korean culture and content gallery. Visitors not only have a chance to appreciate beautiful 
and elegant traditional Korean knot works from the past, but also experimental and creative pieces 
of modern knotting as well. The museum runs one-day hands-on classes for anyone who wants to 
take part in making his own knot work. It will be a great opportunity to explore one’s own skill for this 
interesting artistic world.

Gallery decorated with elegant Korean knot works

The building of the Donglim Knot Museum was originally a small hanok consisting of two main 
bedrooms and a garden, and was later converted into the current museum. The museum is small 
but creates a nostalgic feel for visitors.

A view of the main gallery

The main exhibition hall is divided into a workshop and a gallery. The gallery room exhibits all 
different kinds of materials for knotting including colorfully dyed threads and accessories, as well as 
a variety of knot artworks. Visitors can also see rare and precious antiques, as well as various 
modern knot works.

An elegant and colorful knot work hangs from the rafters

Sim Yeongmi is a director at the museum and has dedicated herself to promoting the culture of 
traditional Korean knot work, ensuring it does not fade away from the modern mind, and makes 
efforts to continue passing on its artistic skill and value to future generations. Most of the older knot 
works on display at the museum, which had degenerated through neglect over time, seemed 
beyond repair, but have been saved and restored to their original glory by her time-consuming 
efforts. Designated as Korean National Treasure No. 931, “Eo Jin” (the portrait of King Lee 
Seonggye who was the first King of the Joseon Dynasty) is the best example of her successful 
restoration work in her career. Her dedication and labor are well portrayed through a series of 
photos showing her achievements at the museum, which give visitors a chance to learn about the 
history of the museum.

Visitors who want to learn about traditional Korean knotting have an exciting opportunity to take part 
in one of the knot-making classes that the museum offers. There is a one day course which visitors 
can participate in at any time; a knot for a mobile phone costs 5,000 won and takes about 30 
minutes to complete; a necklace costs 10,000 won and takes an hour. A 3-month course is also 
available for enthusiastic learners that costs 300,000 won and runs twice a week for 2 hours each 
class. Through the classes, visitors can learn about various knotting skills including the double 
knot, the Japanese apricot flower knot and the chrysanthemum knot. The class is conducted in 

Traditional knot works

A work of art

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