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Past Exhibition

2019 Special Exhibition The Forgotten Other Seas, the Seas of North Korea

  • Period 2019 - 07 - 23 ~ 2019 - 10 - 13
  • Showroom Special Exhibition Hall
  • Ticket fee Free

The seas of North Korea are close to us, but we have never been there. It is the reality that the seas of North Korea are gradually forgotten in our memory. We need to pay attention to the fact that only North Korean seas are excluded in the era when “One World, One Ocean” is advocated. We want to show the seas of North Korea that have disappeared from our memory.

The seas of North Korea have many implications to offer to us. The seas of North Korea have played a role as an intersection heading from the ocean towards the continent, and in serving a link between the Pan East Sea and the Pan West Sea cultivations. However, the East Sea and West Sea are completely separated due to military demarcation line, namely DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), and thus there is a limitation that we cannot move through the seas. North Korean marine cities are of each region’s administrative and economic centers, and they are large scale cities within North Korea.

Only two cities, Naseon and Nampo, are designated as special cities, which are the representative marine cities in the East Sea and the West Sea. In addition, major marine cities including Cheongjin, Wonsan, Haeju, and Sinuiju are the hubs of North Korea’s growth engine. We should also take notice of the North Korean ocean environment. Various types of fishery resources and marine lives exist in the seas and the river mouths. North Korea actually strives for wetland protection with international organizations.

Through this exhibition, I hope that visitors can examine the past and present images of the forgotten seas, and support to take a first step altogether towards “One Ocean” and “The Seas of Unification”.