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DAEGU BANGJJA YUGI MUSEUM(KOREAN BRONZEWARE)

Daegu Bangjja Yugi Museum is Korea's first bronzeware-specialized museum built to preserve the Bangjja Yugi, a traditional cultural property. It also aims to hand down its manufacturing technology to posterity so that the excellence of traditional Korean cultural assets may continue to be presented, and the development of local culture will be promoted. The Museum houses 1,489 items of Yugi in 275 types donated without compensation by Mr. LEE Bong-ju, who made and collected Yugi. Artisan LEE Bong-ju was designated by the central government in 1983 as the Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 77. It is rare to find countries in the world that preserve Yugi manufacturing technology. Under these circumstances, the Daegu Bangjja Yugi Museum will do its best in building diverse cultural contents with IT and CT integrated in order to meet the age of cultural competition in the 21st century. This will help to attract the attention of new generations, and motivate them to foster cultural infrastructures unique to this area.

What is Bangjja Yugi?

Bangjja Yugi(Korean Bronzeware) is made by a method wherein an alloy of copper and tin, in the ratio of 78 parts to 22, is pounded and hit repeatedly by several people with hammers in hand to draw it out thinly to form a shape. Major items of Bangjja Yugi include musical instruments, utensils and other items for religious services, tableware and living goods. Recently teaspoons, knives and forks have also been made by Bangjja Yugi with the change of lifestyle.

Brief History

  • November, 2000: Basic planning established
  • July, 2004: Construction started
  • November, 2006: Exhibits set up
  • May 25, 2007: Museum opened

Outline of the Museum

  • Area: 17,890㎡
  • Floor space: 3,758㎡ (one story below and two above ground)
  • Exhibition rooms: 3 permanent exhibition rooms
    (Yugi Room, Donated Items Room, Reproduction Room) and 1 special exhibition room
  • Subsidiary facilities: Data search room, Meeting room, Video presentation, Outdoor performance stage
    • 1.Yugi Room

      This is a space to take you to the origin of Bangjja Yugi. It presents the history of Bangjja Yugi and shows the spirit of artisans who take over the Yugi techniques. In addition, the types of Yugi and its materials are introduced and the manufacturing process of Bangjja, Jumul, and Half-Bangjja Yugi are shown. To help you understand how prosperous it was in the past, the model of a workshop and a shop at the Napcheong Village in the 1390s is reproduced here. In this room, the changes of tableware from the pre-historic times to the present can be understood. Bangjja brazen vessels, a vessel of life, are on display and the scientific effects of Bangjja Yugi are presented through 3D images. You can also undergo a hands-on experience of the sound made by Bangjja brazen musical instruments.

    • 2.Donated Items Room

      A Donated Items Room exhibits the high quality Yugi selected from those which were donated by Mr. LEE Bong-ju, who is very famous as one of the great masters of Bangjja Yugi. The Yugi is on display by types, which are Yugi for daily use, utensils and other items for religious services and tableware. The life of Mr. LEE Bong-ju, a great master in Yugi, is also introduced through a video presentation.

    • 3.Reproduction Room

      The reproduced workshop and shop in the reproduction room help you to understand the manufacturing process of Yugi and the mode of dealing through a glimpse of the Yugi industry in the past.

Visiting Guide

  • Visiting Hours: 10am ~ 7pm (April ~ October), 10am ~ 6pm (November ~ March)
  • Closed: January 1, Lunar New Year & Chuseok, Mondays, Special occasions set by the Museum
  • Admission Fees: Free
  • Notes
    • - Please be careful not to cause inconveniences to other visitors
    • - Taking pictures is not allowed in the exhibition rooms
    • - Food, pets or smoking are not allowed

How to get to the Museum

  • Bus: Express 1, Palgong 1(bound for Donghwasa Temple)
  • 399, Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
  • Tel: 053-606-6171 Fax: 053-606-6179
  • Website: http://artcenter.daegu.go.kr/bangjja