The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is announcing the hosting of a special exhibition by the Seoul Baekje Museum after three years of preparation together with the Buyeo National Museum in celebration of the year of cultural exchange between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (2021–2022).
This exhibition sheds light on the history of the Northern Wei dynasty, which ruled northern China from 386 to 535 AD during the period of the Northern and Southern dynasties as well as the contemporaneous Baekje dynasty of Korea.
This exhibition aims to explore and illuminate the history of Northern Wei starting from the founding by the Tuoba (Tabgach) clan of the Xianbei to the impact of the Han Chinese culture to create new cultures through exchanges and interactions with surrounding regions, effectively influencing not just Chinese history, but also East Asian.
Moreover, Northern Wei is regarded as having introduced foreign ideas, such as Buddhism, which became firmly established as a national religion. Through this exhibition, you can see the flourishing Buddhist culture of Northern Wei and its influence on Korea’s Buddhist culture.
Despite the current situation of the pandemic with travel restrictions and limited exchanges, the SMG has prepared this special exhibition for visitors to directly experience and explore Chinese relics in Seoul. The exhibition will be open to the public with free admission from Fri, Dec. 17, 2021 to Sun, Feb. 27, 2022. An opening ceremony will not be held to block and control the spread of COVID-19, and visitors can freely visit the exhibition by presenting their vaccine pass or negative PCR test result.
|1. Terracotta procession figurines excavated from Datong, Shanxi Province||2. Buddha triad||3. Terracotta figurines of two women holding hands|
|4. Ger-shaped earthenware (portable tent used by nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia)||5. Terracotta procession figurines excavated from Luoyang, Hanan Province||6. Bronze cauldron tripod with handle|