The museum is exhibiting royal ornaments, jewelry, and royal seals that were used during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire period, including royal family ornaments and various traditional ornaments by material.
The permanent exhibition hall presents two themes. It consists of royal ornaments, jewelry, and royal seals that were used during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire period. The royal ornaments being exhibited belong to the family of King Yeongchin, and they were consigned to the Tokyo National Museum in 1957. They were returned to Korea according to “An agreement on the handover of dresses and ornaments from the royal family of King Yeongchin” signed between Korea and Japan in April 1991. They include the king and queen’s jade belts, Royal Scepter, Women’s waist ornament, three-knot pendant for baby-shaped jewel ornaments with tassels, and hair ornaments, which are all in good condition. The exhibits are a reproduction of artifacts belonging to the family of King Young Chin collected by the National Palace Museum of Korea of the Cultural Heritage Administration. Royal seals symbolize the authority of the royal family such as king, queen, crown prince, and crown princess. They were made while registering posthumous names and eulogistic posthumous titles of kings and queens during royal rituals such as royal weddings or throne appointment and were kept as a symbol. The second theme of the exhibition presents the materials of various traditional ornaments by material such as jadeite, nephrite, coral, amber, gold plaque, ivory, silver-plated leather pendant, and buffalo horn for visitors to appreciate ornaments and rough gemstones together. Jade ornaments were widely used by royal families, nobility, and even commoners. It is exhibiting various traditional ornaments from the Joseon Dynasty such as pendant, fluttering hairpin, hairpin, gilt hairpin, rings, ornamental knife, topknot pin, headband buttons, fan ornaments, men’s hairband, buttons, and men’s hat string.