Charm of Seoul

What we wear, where we live

The exhibition at the Seoul History Museum allows you to experience and learn about the history and modern everyday life of the South Korean capital, Seoul, including changes in both men's and women's clothing and housing culture.

Seoul has been the capital for over a millennium, serving as a hub for goods from all parts of the country and the world, as well as a meeting place for foreign cultures and civilizations. During the 19th century, Western cultural influences began to strengthen, and in the 20th century, the city endured war following Japanese colonial rule. Seoul underwent significant transformations before assuming its current role in the global economy and culture.

The exhibition's goal is to showcase the encounter between the modern and the traditional, reviving the beauty of Seoul's traditional clothing and homes, examining the continuity of traditions, and their contemporary expressions. By presenting objects, photographs, interiors, and attire, it offers a glimpse into the life of a city where tradition and contemporary culture coexist stylishly side by side.

The exhibition is open from 18 October 2023 to 18 February 2024.

Image: Hollye (Traditional Wedding). 1921. Seoul Museum of History
Image: Hollye (Traditional Wedding). 1921. Seoul Museum of History