Korea’s ceramic heritage can be traced back 8,000 years, with artisans honing their craft over generations. The Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum in Gwangju showcases the evolution of Korean ceramics from ancient times to the present. Gwangju became an important ceramics supplier during the Joseon era due to its fertile soil and proximity to the capital. The museum displays a wide range of ceramic art, from robust onggi to delicate Goryeo celadon and intricate buncheongsagi to elegant white celadons of Joseon. Each piece reflects the aesthetics and practical needs of its time. Ceramics have played essential roles in Korean culture, such as in tea ceremonies and culinary traditions. Goryeo artisans gained international recognition for their jade-green celadons, while Joseon artisans created white porcelain known as baekja. The museum also highlights the survival of Joseon ceramics despite challenges during the Japanese occupation. Visitors can explore the outdoor Ceramic Expo Sculpture Park and participate in workshops to make their own ceramics. Admission to the museum is free, and workshop reservations can be made online. The museum is a treasure trove of Korean ceramic art that offers insights into the country’s history and culture.
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