Gyeongju World Culture Expo Memorial Center
- Gyeongju World Culture Expo has contributed to the globalization of Korean culture and the promotion of local culture and arts in Gyeongju, a 'roofless museum' in which Silla's long-established culture is highlighted. The expo strives to realize communication, convergence and creation of culture with the goal of becoming a center of the 'cultural Korean Wave' in the 21st century as it emerges as a global cultural brand.
- Gyeongju World Culture Expo Memorial Center (GEM Center) is a digital art exhibition which showcases the history and achievements of Gyeongju World Culture Expo, which started in 1998, at a glance. It consists of a commemorative exhibition room, an exhibition hall, and a special exhibition room, with a total floor space of 1,879㎡ (1 floor above ground, 1 underground floor). It is also an integrated cultural space where people can enjoy and experience the joy of art.
- The exterior of the building, which was built with gentle curved lines as if covered by basalt, was designed by the Japanese architect Kuma Kengo, who designed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Main Stadium, and inspired by the Gyeongju Daerungwon Ancient Tombs and the Jusangseongri Rocks. Inside, visitors can enjoy the priceless works of Korean, Chinese and Japanese famous artists such world-renowned video artist Nam June Paik, as well as the representatives of Korean and Chinese installation art, Bang & Lee and Woody.
- Period: March 18 ~ November 30, 2019
- Facilities: Memorial Exhibition Center, Special Exhibition Hall, Exhibition Hall, Multi-purpose Hall, Public Space, etc.
Exhibition Pavilion - Lobby
Woody (China)'The Forest of Letters' An excerpt from King Seongdeok the Great, "Wisdom is spread far and wide through all things," is translated into the world's 25 major languages and inscribed onto a mirror, wishing visitors to Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park from all over the world good luck.
The 108 Passions- Nam June PaikThrough his 108 monitors, Paik portrayed the culture and history of East and West via the Buddhist concept of the 108 Passions. The work is a collection of historical events from Korea from the country’s liberation on August 15, 1945, through the Korean War and the Seo Taiji and Boys musical epoch, encompassing the nation’s and the world’s history and culture in a comprehensive and implicative way.
Culture Factory LoungeThis is the place where the history of the World Culture Expo is displayed in an archival zone and art wall where visitors can search for and view digital content via photos and videos. The lounge is characterized by various space configurations using moving partitions. You can get a glimpse of the history of the culture expo through the souvenirs from previous participating countries.
Commemorative Exhibition Room
Bang & Lee (Korea) 'Transcendence' A work created under Silla architectural and artistic motifs to highlight the role of the world within Silla and Silla within the world to show the transcendence and eternal nature of cultural arts across time and space via dynamic sculptures and installations. ※ Showtimes (15 minutes): 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30
The Door of the World - Expo Timeline Famous doors symbolizing the landmarks of major countries that were involved in exchanges with Silla (St. Sophia Cathedral, Angkor Wat, Xian burial grounds), highlighting the exchanges between civilizations promoted by the expo. On touch screens, visitors can trace the history of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo from 1998 to the present.
Roads leading in every directionA space filled with the idea that “the nation’s fortune is renewed every day and spread in every direction, which served as the origin of the name for the Silla kingdom, in the form of a liquid floor configuration that transforms from the past to the present.
Special Exhibition Hall
Imaginary ZooThis is a media art exhibition in which various imaginary animals in folk paintings are expressed via digital technology such as Augmented Reality (AR).