History and the future zone

1,500 Year's ofDokdo's History

Since Dokdo first appeared in history of Korea with Shilla's conquest ofUsanguk approximately 1,500 years ago, the island has belonged to Korea as part of Ulleungdo. 'History and Future Zone' introduces the history of Dokdo from its first appearance to today including the Japanese colonial and post-liberation periods, and exhibits materials explaining the importance of Dokdo in terms of marine resources.

Nature Zone

Dokdo, the Island that Greets the Morning

The exhibitions in the Nature Zone are based on scientific research conducted in Korea from 1947 up to the present concerning the geology, geography,climate, seas and ecology of Dokdo

In August 1947, the government's Dokdo Survey Team, together with the civilian Joseon Alpine Club (now Korean Alpine Club), conducted the "Comprehensive Scientific Study of Ulluengdo and Dokdo" to survey Dokdo's land, soil, andgeology, as well as the vegetation and ecology.

Such studies continued in 1952 and 1953. Natural science research has actively continued among government institutions, including the Central Fisheries Experiment Station; National Fisheries Research & Development Agency; Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (before 2000); Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs; National Fisheries Research and Development Institute; Ministry of Environment; Cultural Heritage Administration; Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; and Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute (after 2000). In the Nature Zone, these results are presented through a model of Dokdo made on a 1/120 scale in "Dokdo's Climate," "Dokdo's Geography and Geology: Various Landforms and Soil Created by Volcanic Activity," and "Dokdo's Ecology and Environment."

4D Theater

Dokdo, the Living Heart of the East Sea

In the 4D Theater you can experience the topography, soil, ocean physics and ecology of Dokdo through a motion-based 4D simulation.

The film played in this theater, "Dokdo, the Living Heart of the East Sea" was provided by the East Sea Research Center (East Sea branch of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology), and produced in 2011 with the latest technology contributing to its research since 2006.

In this film, objective, scientific data from various studies of Dokdo was taken to create a 3D topography of Dokdo. The beautiful and majestic scenery of Dokdo, as well as various locations and facilities were sought to be presented in its realistic form, in addition to the representative animals and plants that add life and vitality to the image of Dokdo.

Furthermore, the topography of the seabed surrounding Dokdo was visualized, as well as the marine organisms and their environments, including plant and animal plankton, fish, and seaweed. The physical characteristics of water such as the seasonal changes in temperatures, the flow of water, cold and warm underwater cyclones, the Dokdo effect, and the deep sea current have also been visualized in 3D form to increase understanding.

Temporary Exhibition

Meeting Dokdo in Seoul

Lee Jong Sang

1963 Graduated fromSeoul National University, majored in Asian Painting1976-1980 Graduated from Dongkuk University with a Master's degree anda Ph.D in Philosophy1980-2003 Professor of Asian Painting at Seoul National University1999-2003 Director of the Seoul National University Museum, and the first director of Museum of Art, Seoul National University2003 - Honorary professor at Seoul National University

"Dokdo looks different every time I see it. It has a thousand faces. It is different from last year and every season. It is like a handsome bauxite rock in nature. It is a beautiful creation of God perfectly combined with a profound and mysterious nature."

The Dokdo paintings in the Exhibition are the works of Lee Jong Sang, who is a respected artist in Koreancontemporary art and a member of the National Academy of Arts. He first painted Dokdo in 1977, and has actively participated in NGO activities, including "Spreading Culture to Dokdo" and "Preserving the Culture of Goguryo," for nearly 40 years.

His light-colored ink paintings expressing Dokdo and the sea with two strokes vividly show the people's wishes for Dokdoin quiet contrast. He believes "Dokdo is a magical island which becomes one or two," meaning that unlike other islands, Dokdo shows a new image of itself when he sketches it while sailing around the island. Lee, who is known as the first Dokdo painter, wants audiences to feel "Dokdo with a thousand faces" through his painting.

Cyber Exhibition Hall

Cyber Exhibition Hall

You will experience the Dokdo Museum Seoul with the panoramic virtual reality