Museum offers glimpse into development of human culture

November 22, 2022

The Rangnang Museum recently built in the Rangnang area of Pyongyang attracts many visitors.

Built in a distinctive way with Korean-style structures, a ground for folk games and beautiful gardens, the museum shows Rangnang culture created by the Korean nation.

Rangnang culture finds its origin in that of Ancient Joson.

Created by the inhabitants of Ancient Joson (early 30th century BC-108 BC) and their descendants, it is widely distributed throughout the mid-western part of Korea between the southern areas of the Chongchon River and the Ryesong River basin, centring around Pyongyang.

It covers the period from before the 3rd century BC to the first half of the 4th century AD.

The Rangnang Museum consists of the districts of education in history, folk games and rest.

The museum building encapsulating Rangnang culture stands in the middle of them.

The museum is comprised of a section for an overview of Rangnang culture and those of castle, tombs, weaponry and arms, harness and carriage, dress and makeup, container and building materials and sci-tech development.

In the section for an overview of Rangnang culture, visitors can have a general understanding of the periods, areas and characteristics of the culture.

On show at the section of castle are photographs of castle site and relics, bricks, tiles and other remains from the period of Rangnang culture.

The tomb section vividly shows tomb models in such a way that visitors can see the course of historical development of tombs unearthed in the area of Rangnang District through the characteristic features in each period.

Such relics as component parts of catapult, bow and arrow and various kinds of daggers and swords are on display in the section of weaponry and arms according to the quality of their materials and the period of their manufacture. On show at the harness and carriage section are relics of component parts of various kinds of harnesses and carriages used at the time and models of carriages made on the basis of them.

Visitors can guess the cultural life of ancestors at the time at the dress and makeup section in which buckles, wooden combs, bronze mirrors, silver bracelets and various kinds of necklaces are exhibited and the container and building materials section where bronze containers and lacquered ware like bronze bottle and bronze incense burner are displayed.

Ornamental rings without joints, gold thread 0.01mm in diameter, finely dressed stone pig and cicada sculpture are seen in the sci-tech development section, visually highlighting the high level of processing techniques at the time.

“The Rangnang Museum houses nearly 2 000 pieces of historical relics and remains in well over a hundred kinds,” said Kim Myong Sik, director of the museum. “The exhibits intensively showing the wisdom, talents and lifestyles of the ancestors will help visitors understand Pyongyang is not only a cradle of civilization but the centre of its development.”


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