Joseon Industrial Exhibition

The Joseon Industrial Exhibition was a colonial fair held to mark the 5th anniversary of the establishment of Japanese Korea, and was the first official event of the new government[1] held in Gyeongseong (Seoul).[2]

Joseon Industrial Exhibition
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameJoseon Industrial Exhibition
BuildingIlhogwan and Gyeongbokgung
Visitors1 million
CityGyeongseong (Seoul)
Coordinates37°34′43″N 126°58′38″E
Opening11 September 1915
Closure31 October 1915
Joseon Industrial Exhibition
Revised RomanizationJoseon mulsan gongjinhoe
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn mulsan'gongjinhoe

Location and buildings

The exhibition was held in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung palace[3] and took place in both existing buildings, and newly constructed ones.[3]

The layout was designed to contrast old/Korean architecture with modern/Japanese architecture, with, for example, visitors entering through the existing Gwanghwamun gate, then seeing the new Illhogwan (First Exhibition Hall), which stood in front of the Geunjeongjeon throne room.[3]


There were over 40,000 exhibits, mainly Japanese and Korean, with some Taiwanese exhibits. There were agricultural objects in Illhogwan, and further objects in the Kigyegwan (Machinery) and the Ch'amgogwan (Reference) halls.[3]


Over 1 million people attended the exhibition before it closed on 31 October 1915.[1][2]

See also

Further reading


  1. Pérez-Gómez, Alberto; Parcell, Stephen. Chora 7: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. Jung, Yoonchun (November 2014). Inventing the identity of modern Korean architecture, 1904-1929 (Thesis). McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  3. Kal, Hong. Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism: Spectacle, Politics and History. ISBN 9780415602563.
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