Lock Museum

Talismanic Animals and Key Charms
– Koreans believed talismanic animals brought protection and blessings
– Korean folk art used symbolic motifs to represent talismanic animals
– Key charms were passed down from mothers to daughters
– Key charms were used as decorative accessories
– Families adorned walls with auspicious animal motifs on special occasions

Locks in Korea
– Locks in Korea had both functional and aesthetic characteristics
– Lock designs incorporated animal and plant motifs
– Korean locks had complex structures and required understanding to open
– Locks were individually tailored by artisans with unique mechanisms
– Key charms were widely available and affordable in Chosŏn Korea

Lock Designs and Opening Mechanisms
– Locks ensured security and were used for interior decorations
– Lock designs reflected the culture and trends of the times
– Korean locks had cylindrical shapes and L-shaped keys
– Opening a secret lock required understanding its structure and inner mechanism
– It took a specific sequence of movements to open a secret lock

Evolution and Symbolism of Key Charms
– Key charms evolved into decorated personal accessories
– Key charms were symbolic reminders of women’s responsibility in household affairs
– Embroidered key charms were affordable and widely used
– Peonies symbolized wealth and happiness in embroidered key charms
– Key charms with commemorative coins were highly valued wedding presents

Latches in Traditional Korean Architecture
– Latches served as locks on gates in traditional Korean architecture
– Latches were decorated with auspicious animals
– Turtle-shaped latches symbolized long life and security
– Turtle-shaped latches implied a firmly shut door
– Latches represented the process of opening and closing spaces in architectureSources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_Museum