Permanent Exhibition Hall 1
Exhibition Hall 1 aims to guide visitors to understand the formation process of Silhak, including the birth and formation of Silhak in the late Joseon period, in the reform following the Japanese invasion of 1592 and the Manchu war in 1636 as well as the change of Joseon society caused by the development of agriculture, industry and commerce and western civilization transferred through China and Japan. The birth of Silhak section shows the process by which the infrastructure for the development of Silhak was formed through the thoughts of Silhak scholars playing critical roles in the development of Silhak. In particular, the reformism on social and economic issues by Silhak scholars in the early times is highlighted with the focus on Bangyesurok（Bangye’s notes） by Bangye Yu Hyeongwon, who is evaluated as the initiator of Silhak.
Permanent Exhibition Hall 2
Exhibition Hall 2 divides Silhak, starting from the concept of mutual prots, into physical sciences school, school of business commerce and school of philosophy and summarizes the content related to Silhak from the textbooks in elementary and middle schools along with books by Silhak scholars from each school. The exhibits are congured to help students understand by actively using supplementary materials including paintings, pictures, animation and multimedia. In particular, the Joseon Studies, explaining the self-discovery of the Silhak period, subdivides the Silhak exhibits into history, geography, language and encyclopedia categories. The civilization, institutions, society and economy of the Qing dynasty are introduced in detail. The exhibits include Yeonha-ilgi, the autograph diary by Park Jiwon recording his impressions after meeting literary men and celebrities in the Qing dynasty, and the portrait of Park Jiwon, which is known to have been drawn by his grandson Park Jusu.
Permanent Exhibition Hall 3
Exhibition Hall 3 emphasizes the theme ‘Science’ among diverse features of Silhak. The exhibition is congured to show how Silhak scholars, who actively accepted the western sciences, understood astronomy, the rotation of the earth and the globular shape of the earth, through the exhibits including a variety of astronomical charts and instruments, Gonyeo-manguk-jeondo（Complete Geographical Map of all the Kingdoms of the World） by Matteo Ricci, Dongguk-jigo（Map of Korea） by Jeong Sanggi and Daedongyeo-jido（Detailed Map of Korea） by Kim Jeongho.
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