Celebrating Heritage: Yujin Folk Museum's Journey through Korean Tradition and Culture - K-Present

Celebrating Heritage: Yujin Folk Museum’s Journey through Korean Tradition and Culture

“The driving force that sustains and develops a nation is the people’s sense of identity with their history, as well as their pride in their historical and cultural heritage. Such identity and pride do not emerge during adolescence or adulthood but are formed during early childhood.” Recognizing this, Director Yu Jin-goo, following a 22-year tenure teaching in middle school, founded the Yujin Folk Museum alongside his wife, Song Ji-yeon, who served as the principal of Yujin Kindergarten for a quarter-century. 


The museum’s exhibitions and educational offerings extend beyond mere cognitive and physical learning. Through a profound appreciation for their traditional culture, young visitors are poised to become the champions who uphold and enrich their distinct national heritage. To this end, the museum showcases artifacts of traditional culture, gathered over many years. 


These displays serve not only to safeguard artifacts at risk due to modernization but also to underscore the value of cultural preservation. In addition, the museum has created interactive spaces, ensuring younger generations can immerse themselves in their traditional culture with ease. 

Yujin Folk Museum: Bridging Past and Present

The Yujin Folk Museum displays artifacts depicting the daily lives of Korean ancestors. The main exhibits showcase agricultural tools, some of which are now rare, traditional wedding items, and various tools essential in daily life. The museum’s collection includes a total of 176 items, encompassing textiles, ceramics, and other folk artifacts.

Hands-On Heritage: Immersive Experiences and Culinary Adventures

The Yujin Folk Museum features permanent exhibitions of artifacts that offer insights into the lives of ancestors, including traditional Korean agriculture, traditional houses, wedding customs, and traditional tools. In addition to these displays, the museum also provides educational programs, giving visitors the opportunity to directly experience Korean traditional culture.

Programs exploring the origins of foods in our culture, such as sliced rice cake and other traditional snacks, as well as the tools and methods for making them, are especially popular. After learning about them, participants get to make and taste these foods themselves. There are also programs that delve into natural dyeing and creating folk art fans, allowing participants to understand the symbolic meanings within the patterns and craft with their own aspirations and wishes.

The Yujin Folk Museum envisions itself as a conduit for youth to grasp their cultural roots, a nexus of family learning, and in a broader scope, a cultural hub for the wider community. This vision encapsulates the museum’s foundational ethos.



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