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Located in Bukchon Hanok Village (Specific Location: 66 Bukchon Avenue/Bukchonno, Gahoe-dong 12-beonji, Seoul Jongno-gu), the Seoul Museum of Chicken Art (Hanja: 서울닭文化館) is a private museum displaying international and domestic collections that have a chicken theme. Opened in December 2006, the museum features exhibits which focus on chickens in terms of cultural aspects in relation to people and society. At this unique museum visitors can appreciate a varied selection of artworks, including international pieces, expressing ideas about the chicken.
With a theme of the fowl in both the East and the West, the museum exhibits crafts expressing ideas of the chicken through different contexts of culture and art. In Korean, the museum is actually called a Culture Center of Chicken Art. This means that it has on exhibit, all artwork related to chicken, regardless of when or where they come from and by whom they were made. The curator of the museum hopes that it will become a space for sharing, learning, and feeling.
The museum exhibits unique chicken artworks from all over the world. On entering the museum, there is a variety of pieces, including stamps from around the world, tea cups and saucers, wine bottles, clocks, lamps, toys, kitchen utensils, trash cans and tiles from Japan. Those collections reflect each country’s own historical and cultural aspects surrounding the chicken in their society.
The museum consists of two exhibition areas located on the first and second floors. Kim Chogang established the museum in 2006 in order to promote the significance of the chicken’s impact on human history and culture around the world, and the diverse artworks and artifacts produced by different countries. The first floor holds a permanent exhibition hall showcasing more than 3,000 international items, which are rotated on a quarterly basis during the year. To appreciate the full extent of the museum’s collection, a visitor needs to return over the course of a year.
The special exhibition hall features 1,000 exhibits on Korea's traditional concept of the chicken, including paintings, arts and crafts, furniture, pottery and accessories. Through the special exhibition, visitors can appreciate many works of world-renowned artists, such as the late Lee Eung-ro (이응로; Born: February 27th 1904 in Hongseong County, Southern Chungcheong Province, Korea - Died: January 10th 1989 in Paris, France), who painted “Chicken” in an ink-and-wash painting, using a linear perspective technique called collage. The exhibition also showcases various genuine antiques including a wooden chicken statue belonging to the parents of Empress Myeongseong. After the tour, visitors can enjoy a relaxed tea time in the museum café on the first floor with such interesting decor as chicken-character tea cups, spoons and even paintings on the walls of the museum.
The Seoul Museum of Chicken Art is located in the middle of Bukchon Hanok (traditional Korean house) Village. The Bukchon Hanok Village is a popular tourist attraction for both Koreans and foreigners in Seoul, and was once home to influential families of the Joseon Dynasty. Unlike other hanok villages, the Bukchon Hanok Village is not a replica of a folklore village created for tourists, but a real living village inhabited by Seoul citizens. It comprises 900 traditional houses scattered over 11 individual streets (11-“dong” in Korean). With its recently opened hanok gallery, craft workshop and hanok restaurant, the Bukchon Hanok Village is increasingly important as a location for culture and arts.