Opened in 2002, Anseong Machum Museum was built within the Chung-Ang University Anseong Campus in Nae-ri, Daedeok-myeon, Anseong-si as an industry-academe cooperative model.
Brassware is generally considered “brazen vessel” or “living tool made of brass.” Traditionally, plates are made of copper and tin. The origin of Korean brassware goes back to the Bronze Age when the alloy of copper and tin was used as in the contemporary times.
During the Joseon period, Anseong used to be a major transportation site where products from Gyeongsang-do, Chungcheong-do, and Jeolla-do were transported to Hanyang, the capital of Joseon, so the markets in Anseong sold almost everything. Since the cultures of several areas were integrated in Anseong, a unique culture was created such as Namsadang nori.
Among the products, brassware is a famous local specialty product of Anseong. When customers ordered brassware, Anseong made perfect brassware requested by customers, so this was called “mochum” or “machum,” meaning “perfect customization.” The expression “Anseongmachum” was created to describe a circumstance or an object formed to be suitable for use. The inclusion of Anseong in this expression refers to Anseong, the name of this local area.
The Anseong Machum Museum is exhibiting actual brassware focusing on the history of Anseong brassware. It is showing the method of brassware production with models. It also presents the history of Anseong ‒ which has a strong tradition of folk culture ‒ in chronological order.