National Museum of World Writing opens in Songdo on the 29th – Incheon’s first national museum

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) is opening the National Museum of World Writing with a budget of 61.1 billion won.
On the 29th, at the moment the door opens, a new space where you can encounter various characters and their history from around the world will unfold beside us.

  • Opened in Incheon Songdo International City with a total area of 15,650㎡
  • Rare artifacts such as a round stone tablet with wedge-shaped characters and the Gutenberg Bible on display, with replicas of ancient legal documents like the Hammurabi Code and the first alphabet-recorded document available for hands-on experience
  • An array of cultural events including a media art exhibition, experience events, and performances from June 30 to July 6 to celebrate the opening.
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Exterior view of the National Museum of World Writing – Provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

New Landmark, Building Unfolded by White Scrolls

The National Museum of World Writing is a building located in Songdo, consisting of one basement and two above-ground floors. The total area is 15,650㎡.

This unique building harmonizes with the surrounding landscape with its appearance of white scrolls unfolded and is expected to become a new landmark of Songdo. The National Museum of World Writing will captivate the attention of visitors with its overwhelming exterior.

Importance of Writing Emphasized, Statement by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Park Yang-woo

At the opening ceremony of the National Museum of World Writing, we are looking forward to a strong statement from Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Park Yang-woo.

He emphasized the importance of writing, stating that the establishment of the National Museum of World Writing in Korea, which has Hangul, holds special significance.

The museum will serve as a platform for the integration of world writing and human civilization, exhibiting various materials on world writing and conveying diversity and historical value to visitors.

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Exterior view of the National Museum of World Writing – Provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Experience the World of Writing Through Permanent Exhibitions and Experience Programs

The National Museum of World Writing offers visitors the opportunity to experience the world of writing through various permanent exhibitions and experience programs.

Visitors can explore a diverse range of exhibits, from those that introduce the origin and development of writing to those that showcase the writing systems and usage of different countries and cultures.

In addition, visitors can participate in interactive experiences and transform their own names into various writing systems, allowing them to truly appreciate the beauty and historical value of writing.

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Lobby of the National Museum of World Writing – Provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Free Museum Admission and Cultural Inspiration

Visitors can not only enjoy the exhibitions at the National Museum of World Writing, but also receive cultural inspiration for free in public spaces.

Inside the museum, there are reading rooms, research labs, and multipurpose halls, allowing visitors to freely use the space.

In addition, various cultural events and exhibitions will be held, so you can participate in events that interest you and enjoy a richer museum experience.

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From left to right: Sunsubi of Bukhansan Promotion Institute, Jiju Middle-class Stele, Daenanghyehwasang Monument at Seongju Temple in Buyeo, and Yeojinja Stele of Gyeongwon. Provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

A New Cultural Hub in Incheon Songdo

Incheon Songdo is already known for its diverse cultural facilities. With the addition of the National Museum of World Writing, its reputation is expected to soar even higher. Incheon Songdo will provide various cultural experiences and exchanges for visitors from both domestic and international areas.

Moreover, those who visit the National Museum of World Writing can also enjoy the harmony between the beautiful nature and the city of Incheon Songdo. The special experiences here will become precious memories for many people.

Finally, the National Museum of World Writing has opened in Incheon Songdo. This museum, which contains various writing systems and histories, will provide us with new perspectives and experiences.

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Kim Seung-yeong_Babel Tower – provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Overview of the Facility

Location: Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon (within Central Park) Land area: 19,418㎡ Floor area: 15,650㎡ (1 basement floor, 2 above-ground floors)

B16,651.87Permanent Exhibition Hall
M Floor2,681Parking Lot
1F5,776Information Desk, Planned Exhibition Hall, Children’s Experience Hall, Auditorium, Museum Shop
2F540.03Cafeteria, Outdoor Exhibition

Background

This project aims to enhance Korea’s status as a culture that possesses the most scientific characters and to promote the development of the global character industry and the role of local tourism institutions.

Progress

  • Completed basic research on the National Museum of World Writing in December 2014
  • Selected the construction site from 9 cities and provinces through open competition from April to July 2015, and selected Incheon Songdo
  • Completed preliminary feasibility study in November 2016
  • Basic plan announced from May to September 2017, and selected winning work through international design competition
  • Construction began in November 2019
  • Completion of construction in October 2022
  • Establishment of the National Museum of World Writing (Foundation) in April 2023
  • Grand opening of the National Museum of World Writing in June 2023

Main Collection

244 items and 543 pieces of written records from around the world, covering a wide range of periods from around 2100 BC to the present day.

Artifact NameYearQuantity (points)Overview of Artifact
Tablet of Round Ark2000-1600years1One of the earliest records related to the Old Testament story of “Noah’s Ark”, the content of the flood myth is recorded in cuneiform script.
“Book of Joshua” from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible1454years1The Gutenberg Bible, a 42-line edition of the Bible printed by Johannes Gutenberg, a representative figure of Western printing technology, in a variation of the book that contains the Book of Joshua.
Natural History1476years1The Italian (Latin script) translation of the first encyclopedia in the Western world, authored by the ancient Roman politician Pliny.
Luther Bibl1523-1524years1The first edition of the German translation of the Old Testament by Martin Luther from the Latin Bible.
Shabti595-589years1The body of the doll buried with the deceased chief is inscribed with Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Canopic jar664-525years1The body of Mira is engraved with Egyptian hieroglyphs on a container that stores some of the organs of the deceased.
Coptic ostraca7th-8th century4Letters written in Coptic script in the Seokjeonpyeon and Dogipyeon provide valuable insight into daily life during that time period.
Palm-leaf manuscript of the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines1150-1200years1A copy of the Prajnaparamita Sutra written in the language of the Indic Siddham script on palm leaves.
Palm-leaf manuscript of Pancha Raksha1397years1The Sanskrit text written in Nepali script The Avalokitesvara Sutra
Explanatory book on Jachi Tonggam1434years1The scholars of Joseon compiled and annotated a book in Chinese history called <Autonomous Governor> which was printed using metal movable type.
Qur’ān1300-1330years1The Islamic scripture that records the prophecy of Allah conveyed to the prophet Muhammad in Arabic script.

Location Guide

Address: 24-8 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon Metropolitan City

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