20 Amazing Virtual Museum Tours in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan
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The best of Asian art and history right at your fingertips: the Museum of Ethnic Cultures in Beijing, ancient treasures from the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, or the finest pieces of modern art at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo – you won’t get bored with these 20 amazing virtual museum tours!
Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China, Beijing
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou
Dive deep into China’s proud history of paper cutting with virtual tours at the China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou online. Follow the journey from paper to art step-by-step with some of the most talented paper cutters in China and learn about the beauty and history of this unmatched intangible heritage.
Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai
The Long Museum West Bund is the largest private museum in China and, together with the Long Museum Pudong, boasts the richest collection of artifacts nationwide. If you appreciate both ancient and modern Asian art, the virtual tour of the collection of Long Museum West Bund is a must-see!
Virtual Museum Tours in Korea
National Museum of Korea, Seoul
Those looking to explore the essence of Korean culture and arts, should check out the virtual exhibitions of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. From early Paleolithic artifacts, over celadon craftsmanship of the Goryeo Dynasty and paintings of the Joseon Dynasty to modern art collections, this museum has got it all.
National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul
The National Folk Museum of Korea perfectly showcases daily life and culture of Korea. This museum located in Seoul is visited by more than 2 million people every year and provides excellent virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your home! Check out the online exhibitions here.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, DDP, Seoul
Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, DDP Design Plaza stands for “Dream, Design, Play”. It is a hub for creativity, culture and unique design in the heart of Seoul and lets you dive into its exhibitions on their online platform.
Jeju Provincial Self-governing Haenyeo Museum
Haenyeo are unique to Jeju Islands in Korea and various islands in Japan. These women divers gather seaweed, abalone, or other shellfish without any air tanks or modern equipment from the sea. The best place to learn about this unique (and dying) profession is the Haenyeo Museum on Jeju Island. The virtual exhibitions offer a great insight into what Haenyeo are all about.
Cheongju Early Printing Museum
This museum is located in my Korean hometown of Cheongju and focuses on Korea’s old printing culture. The museum was built in a historically significant location on the site of Heungdeoksa Temple, where the world’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type, called Jikji, was printed 78 years prior to Johannes Gutenberg‘s “42-Line Bible”. Their online exhibition perfectly showcases the invention of the movable metal type for printing.
Ehwa Woman’s University Museum, Seoul
Founded in 1935, Ehwa Woman’s University Museum is one of the oldest museums in Seoul. The collection is continuously expanding and the museum is always extending the museum building. The museum gives a very detailed glimpse into Korean culture and history through exhibitions such as on Goryeo Celadon, Korean footwear and clothing, and furniture. Check out the online exhibitions here.
Virtual Museum Tours in Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Since 1952, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo has been showcasing some of the finest contemporary art in Japan. The virtual museum tour is incredibly well curated and opens doors to the finest pieces of art in Japan’s history.
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Shohaku Art Museum, Nara
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura
Virtual Museum Tours in Taiwan
National Palace Museum, Taiwan
The National Palace Museum in Taiwan has one of the largest collections of Chinese art worldwide. Visitors can appreciate nearly 700,000 artifacts covering thousands of years of history and treasures from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing imperial dynasties. Check out their virtual exhibitions to learn more.
Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei
Since 1997, it has been the goal of Fubon Art Foundation in Taipei to make art more accessible to the public. Fubon makes this possible not only through art exhibitions, but also with lectures, publications, as well as art & design merchandise. Check out their incredible online exhibition for some of the most fun and colorful art pieces out there.
National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung
On 9 hectares and over 5 independent venues, the National Museum of Natural Science currently runs 50 permanent exhibitions on subjects like astronomy, space science, paleontology, ecology, gems and minerals, human cultures, tropical plants, and geology. This is one of the most visited museums in all of Taiwan and also runs virtual museum tours online.
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I hope that these 20 virtual museum tours in China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan are going to make this time of social-distancing and self-quarantining a little more bearable.
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