Information for Visitors
Online Reservation Information
- Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm (*Admission closed at 5pm)
- every Sunday and Monday, New Year's Day, Chuseok holiday, Lunar New Year holidays, Christmas
- 20 Worldcupbuk-ro 11-gil Mapo-gu Seoul
- 82-2-392-5252, [email protected]
- 1. The War and Women's Human Rights Museum operates a reservation system for smooth viewing. ( * You can only enter during the reserved time period.)
- 2. Reservations are limited to 50 people per hour. (* Closed on a first-come, first-served basis)
- 3. Audio guide [Korean, English, Japanese] provided. (* Separate education or exhibition explanations are not conducted)
- Hongdae Station Exit 2 → Mapo Local Bus Number 6 → Get off at Gyeongseong High School intersection
- Hongdae Station Exit 1 → Bus 7711, 7016, 7737 → Get off at Gyeongseong High School intersection
- 7013A/B, 7711, 7016, 7737 → Get off at Gyeongseong High School intersection
- Mapo Local Bus Number 15, 08 → Get off at Gyeongseong High School intersection
- ※ The museum does not have a parking space. Please use public transportation.
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- Donate to the Korean Council via bank wire transfer! (You can use money transfer sites such as wise.com)
- Account number: 069137-04-014198
- Account holder: The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan
- Address: 12, World Cup buk-ro 11-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Bank name: KOOKMIN BANK
- Bank address: 26, Gukjegeumyung-ro 8-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea
- SWIFT code: CZNBKRSEXXX
“Welcome to the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum.”
The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum remembers and educates the history of Japanese military “comfort women” and works towards just resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue. It is also an active museum that attends to ongoing issues of sexual violence in armed conflicts and stands in solidarity for a world without war and violence against women.
Japanese military “comfort women” victim-survivors’ longstanding hope for children to grow up in a safe and peaceful world resonated with citizens around the globe and sparked fundraising efforts. After a long journey, the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum opened on Childrens’ Day, May 5th, 2012 as a space for future generations and citizens.
The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum strives to create a better world for future generations by raising awareness of past history and memory through various exhibitions and educational programs and recording ongoing activism for women, human rights, and peace.
We ask for your continuous interest and participation in the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum, which aims to be an international platform for transnational citizens’ solidarity, education of future generations, memory and archiving.
Mission & Vision
International platform for archiving and remembering the Japanese military sexual slavery issue and movement for resolution
- Remembrance and Archiving
- Solidarity and Inheritance
- Inheritance and Expansion
- 1. Systemic collection and preservation of archival materials
- 2. Raising awareness of the issue and the movement
- 3. Inheritance of the spirit and history of the movement through exhibitions
- 4. Solidarity and cooperation with archives around the world
- 5. Foundation for remembrance and education of future generations
Timeline of the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
- The opening symposium at the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
- The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum opened.
- The Museum Establishment Committee was disbanded.
- The Museum registered with the Seoul metropolitan government.
- The Museum joined the Korean Private Museum Association.
- Special Exhibition Today Same as Yesterday: Another World Map opened in celebration of International Women’s Day.
- 1st anniversary and Children’s Day celebration at the museum with events Halmonis’ stories, Learning about Japanese Military “Comfort Women” through Picture Stories, Flying Butterflies of Hope, Peace Playground (Reading, Writing, Drawing, Making Peace)
- 07.24. - 08.15.
- Special Exhibit Tears of Congo: Wars not Finished, Tears not Dried with photographer Jeong Eun-jin
- 08.02. - 08.08.
- Wall painting event: painting <Alley of Peace>
- <Alley of Peace> wall painting opening ceremony
- Special Exhibit <Women Waiting for Their Own Liberation> opened for the 70th anniversary of Korean independence
- Opening ceremony of the statue Kim Bok-dong and Gil Won-ok are Peace!
- 04. - 05.
- Wall painting renewal event in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the museum
- 03. - 08.
- Museum Youth Reporters program held
- Special Exhibit <Wednesday Noons> held
- Peace Tour held
- Peace Map created in Korean, English, and JapaneseMuseum Catalogue created in Korean, English, and Japanese
- 07. - 10.
- Peace Village Campaign Arts and Culture Programs with The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
- Peace Tour held 3 times
- Special Exhibit Shanghai, Where the <Comfort Stations> Started: Records in Japanese Military War Diaries
- Special Exhibit Remembering Kim Bokdong Women’s Human Rights Activist
- Special Exhibit I Was There. And There We Are: Stories of Kim Sunok, Ji Doli, Yi Sunda, Yi Gwangja and Other Women Who Could Not Come Back
- Wednesday Archive opened
- Special Exhibit of Japanese military “comfort women” belongings, Another New Beginning, Finding Another Road
- Special Exhibit of the 30th anniversary of the Korean Council 30 Years on the Road. In the End, It was Hope.
- 08.17. - 2022. 01.22.
- Special Exhibit Voice of August 14: Kim Hak-soon’s Testimony 30th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition held
Timeline of the campaign to establish the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
- The Establishment Committee of Women and War Archives started
- Education & Exhibition Hall opened in the Seodaemun office of the Korean Council for the Women drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan
- Memorial service for deceased halmonis and launch event for the establishment of War and Women’s Human Rights MuseumThis event was shaped by the understanding that commemorating the Japanese military “comfort women” victims signifies not forgetting their pain, educating and taking action to prevent recurrence.(Japanese military “comfort women” victims Gil Won-ok, Kim Bun-seon, Kim Eun-rye, Baek Neobdegi, Shin Hyeon-sun, Lee Geum-soon, Lee Yong-soo, Jang Jeom-dol, Ha Sang-suk, Choi Gap-sun, Park Du-ri, Hwang Sun-i, Kim Sang-hee, Lee Sun-deok, Lee Ok-geum, Han Do-sun contributed to the museum fundraising campaign)
- Gil Won-ok halmoni attended parliamentary inspection held by Foreign Affairs and Trade Board, National Assembly Unification, Foreign Affairs, and Trade Committee as a witness. The Board unanimously adopted the Resolution for Establishment of History Museum for Redress and Human Rights of Japanese Military “Comfort Women” Victims. The resolution was adopted in the plenary session of the National Assembly.The Board unanimously adopted the Resolution for Establishment of History Museum for Redress and Human Rights of Japanese Military “Comfort Women” Victims. The resolution was adopted in the plenary session of the National Assembly.
- The Establishment Committee launched (Chairpersons of the Establishment Committee elected).Fundraising campaign launched, campaign pamphlets published, and videos released.
- 1st Establishment Committee Chairperson meeting (Started discussing museum building site)
- Campaigns for museum building site started (Explored buildings that could be remodeled into museums among park sites and government-owned buildings in Seoul)
- Meeting with National Assembly Gender Equality and Family Committee
- Fundraising events held during the Women’s Korean Basketball League games
- Request to donate museum site made to the Seoul metropolitan government
- The Seoul metropolitan government started discussions to use the parking space of Seodaemun Independence Park as the museum site.
- Confirmed that parking space at Seodaemun Independence Park is designated as a cultural heritage site.
- Agreement reached with the Seoul metropolitan government to establish the museum at the cafeteria site in Seodaemun Independence Park.Chairperson of the Establishment Committee, Yi Myeongju (Professor of Architecture at Myeongji University) and Kim Hui-ok (CEO of ATEC) proceeded with the architectural design.
- Permission request for alteration of the present condition of the cafeteria of Seodaemun Independence Park for establishment of War and Women’s Human Rights Committee submitted to Seodaemun-gu Office.
- The Inspection Board for Alteration of the Present Condition at the Department of Historical Site in the Cultural Heritage Administration gave permission for the establishment of the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum.
- Deliberation bill submitted to Namsan Park Management Office for deliberation of park construction plan alteration by Seoul City Park Committee.
- The Seoul City Park Committee passed the deliberation bill.
- Final deliberation passed by the 2nd session of the Committee.
- Brunch and presentation on establishment of the museum with National Assembly members
- Presentation for the site confirmation and establishment of the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum at the Education Hall in the National Human Rights Commission.
- The Budgets and Accounts Board of the National Assembly Gender Equality and Family Committee discussed and included budget for the museum in the 2007 government budget.
- Request made to Namsan Park Management Office to extend the establishment project by 1 year
- Museum 2007 Public Fundraising Campaign launched
- Request made in the name of 20 member organizations of the Korean Council to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to financially support the budget for museum construction.
- 04.27. - 04.30.
- A rally was held in Osaka to support the museum fundraising campaign.
- Participated in screening of “My Heart Is Not Broken Yet” and promoted the museum in Tokyo, Japan
- 03.28. - 03.30.
- Networking activities with overseas museums (Vietnam)
- 04.07. - 04.09.
- Networking activities with overseas museums (Taiwan)
- Basketball player Jeon Ju-won appointed as museum ambassador
- The Cultural Heritage Administration re-allowed the construction project (construction permission extended from August 15, 2008 to August 15, 2011)
- Lee Jeongmi Concert, connected songs, connected dances, and connected lives held to fundraise for the museum (Osaka, Japan)
- 06.30. - 07.04.
- Networking activities with overseas museums (Germany)
- Application submitted for permission of city plan facilities establishment project to the Namsan Park Management Office
- Museum Fundraising Night held by Friends of “Comfort women” in Australia in Sydney, Australia
- Namsan Park Management Office notified results of the application for permission of city plan facilities establishment project
- Permit for museum construction project notified and issued
- Learning program for the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum construction in Tokyo, Japan
- 10.24. - 10.27.
- Networking activities with overseas museums (Shanghai and Wuhan, China)
- The Korean Council’s press conference on the Korea Liberation Association’s press conference for withdrawal of the museum construction permit
- Japanese Committee for Construction of War and Women’s Human Rights Museum launched
- Lee Jeongmi Concert held to fundraise for the museum (Tokyo, Japan)
- Making the Site of Hope commencement ceremony of the construction of War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
- 03.11. ~ 03.15.
- International Exhibit on War and Women’s Human Rights opened in Seoul Metro Art Center
- The construction plan on the site in Seodaemun Independence Park was put on hold, and search for a new site commenced based on the decision to find an existing building that could be purchased and remodeled. (Organizations related to the Liberation Movement such as Korea Liberation Association and the Liberation Martyrs’ Families strongly opposed the construction of the “comfort women” museum in the ‘sacred’ space of liberation movement, and the Seoul metropolitan government remained detached on the issue.)
- A two-storied house near Seongmi-san (39-13, Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul) was purchased. Design, construction, archiving, and fundraising efforts continued.
- Remodeling started