The King and Queen attend the opening of the Korean Gallery

The King and Queen view the new Korean Gallery together with South Korea's Culture Minister Choe Kwang-shik. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix

On Saturday 11 February, The King opened the Korean Gallery at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
The gallery is the result of a joint venture between the Korea Foundation and the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, and aims to improve knowledge about Korean culture and history in Sweden.
 
In 1926, The King's grandfather, King Gustav VI Adolf, and Crown Princess Louise travelled to Korea. The King took part in archaeological excavations during the visit. The exhibition at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities includes a couple of objects from King Gustav VI Adolf's collection: a black Goryeo vase and a pair of earrings that were found during a grave excavation. These objects have now been donated to the museum's collections.
 
Museum Director Sanne Houby-Nielsen began the inauguration ceremony by welcoming those present to the museum. In his speech, The King said that the opening of the Korean Gallery could be seen as the start of greater awareness in connection with the forthcoming Swedish State Visit to Korea on 30 May to 1 June.