Folklore Articles Show Korean Tradition
The Folk Crafts Exhibition Hall under the Korea Minye Corporation is on the ground floor of the Pyongyang International House of Culture in Central District, Pyongyang.
It was opened in 1988. Exhibited here are folklore articles, representative of the traditional customs of the Korean nation. The range of the articles has steadily increased, amounting to tens of thousand items in several hundred kinds.
On display in the section of folklore articles are Korean paintings with a long history, oil paintings drawn by famous artists, jewel paintings, metal works, celadon of various patterns, embroideries and others.
Korean paintings, such as Lake Chon on Mt. Paektu, Korean Tiger and Okryu Scenery are admired by viewers, for they offer a show of peculiar features of the Korean painting while displaying rich emotions and sentiments of the Korean nation. They also strike the people with their distinctive and delicate brushwork.
Other works dealing with different themes of human life enjoy public favour.
Okryu Scenery shows a number of visitors to the reconstructed Okryu Restaurant, famous for Pyongyang Naengmyon (cold noodle), each having his or her own character.
Oil paintings, A Town Girl Marries a Country Man and Chilsong Gate in Autumn, offer clear ideological message and sentiments of the times in various forms of colour expression.
A Town Girl Marries a Country Man portrays an unusual scene of the present reality in socialist Korea where the countryside has turned into a better place to live in and so urban girls marry country boys.
Peasant Dancing in September is a jewel painting that gives a good artistic view of optimistic and joyful agricultural workers.
Articles of gem cutting and metal works are also found on display, depicting animals—a pig picking a pumpkin, a cock and a hen, a horse, a pigeon—and ornamental hairpins, rings, trinkets, candle stands and others.
There are also folding screens on which are painted a couple of a fairy and a herdsman on Mt. Kumgang, and a group of eight fairies of Mt. Kumgang; embroideries of a pair of white pheasants and a Korean map of beautiful flowers; Korean national costumes, jogori (woman’s jacket) and chima (skirt), of various patterns; other decorative articles of pearl necklaces, brassware, a set of silver spoon and chopsticks, and other souvenirs.
The hall also receives orders from many foreign countries for grand panoramas, semi-panoramas, wall paintings, Korean paintings, oil paintings, embroideries and other craftworks, and sells folklore articles.
It provides visiting foreigners and overseas Koreans with an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the wisdom and talents and the brilliant culture and traditions of the Korean people.