Title: Relocation and Opening of the National Museum of Korea 
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
220 won 
Pensive Bodhisattva and the National Museum of Korea 
Roh Jeong-hwa 
Image Area
36mm x 26mm 
Sheet Composition
5 x 4 
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
A new chapter of the National Museum of Korea begins on October 28th with the grand reopening.

Following its history of 60 years dotted with relocations to Deoksugung Palace and then back to the original location of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Museum of Korea reopens as a magnificent international museum inside Yongsan Family Park.

With a total floor space of 41,400 pyeong (133,500 square meters), the museum has a wide court near its entrance, which symbolizes a Korean traditional floor. Inside the museum, a long and wide hall lies at the center of the building, and exhibition galleries are lined up on both sides of the hall. The 8,000 pyeong (26,400 square meters) size exhibition galleries display 14,000 artifacts, with the support of state of the art technology including electronic doors, lighting system, and anti-earthquake measures. In addition, in an effort to make the visitors’ trips an easier, more pleasant, and fun cultural experience, the museum provides a mobile guide system through PDAs and MP3s, advanced video panels, and enough places to rest.

Expecting that the museum to become a center of Korean culture, a commemorative stamp is issued depicting Korea’s National Treasure No, 83, the Pensive Bodhisattva. The 93.5cm tall figure, with a serenity and mystical attraction, is the largest gilt bronze pensive bodhisattva in Korea and is considered the best of its kind. It has a small, simple crown on its head, round face, half closed eyes and a gracious smile. It was crafted in the early 7th Century during the Three Kingdoms period and decorated with refined and realistic engravings. It is one of the rare Buddhist sculptures whose engravings are complete on all sides.