A special exhibition at the Ewha Womans University Museum began on May 10 to continue through September 18. The exhibition, titled “Leader of Korean Culture, Ewha,” celebrates Ewha’s 124th anniversary and the 10th Kim Okgill Memorial Lecture. The lecture has continued in Ewha since 2001 to remember the eighth president of Ewha, Kim Ok-gill’s dedication on women education and realizing social justice.
President Lee Bae-yong, Kim Ok-gil’s brother Kim Dong-gill, and Lee O-young, an Honorary Distinguished Professor of Ewha Academy for Advanced Studies participated in the opening ceremony on May 10.
During her opening remarks, President Lee said, “In this globalised world, we should be equipped with knowledge of our culture, and it is the museum that can make that happen.”
Lee O-young conducted a special lecture on “Creative Sense of Culture” at the the memorial lecture. After Lee’s lecture, Choe Kwang-sik, the Director-General of National Museum of Korea, and Rha Sun-hwa, the Member of Seoul Cultural Heritage Committee also gave lectures.
This exhibition focuses on four themes. The first theme introduces the museum’s 75 years of history and recalls its critical moments including the first excavation done by female university students in Korean museum history in 1963. The next theme, titled “Ewha, Incorporating Korean Culture,” is the main theme of this exhibition. Its displays include a porcelain jar designated as “national treasure,” a title reserved for pieces of great historic importance. The third theme, titled “Sharing and Sincerity”, celebrates the museum’s founding spirit of donation. The fourth theme is “Bojagi and Embroidery in the Joseon Dynasty”. The bojagi, traditional quilted work done by Korean women, represent their wisdom, hope and refined aesthetic sensibility. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.