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Greeting Room (The beginning of the journey)
Purchase a ticket that includes halmoni’s story. After reading halmoni’s story, face the interacting image of butterflies that fly through the wall, which represents violence and discrimination.

Gravel Road (Walk into history)
Visitors enter into the war and a period of pain. Victims experience this by walking on the gravel road while listening to cannon fires and soldiers’ footsteps. The road is surrounded by a wall that shows halmoni’s paintings and shadows of girls. It leads visitors to the dark basement.

Exhibit in the basement (Her life)
Inside the basement where photos of war zones and ‘comfort stations’ are exhibited, visitors can watch the footage of the halmoni whose story is printed on a ticket. Visitors have a chance to feel isolation and opression former ‘comfort women’ experienced by being in a small and dark space.

Exhibit in the stairways (The wall of appeal)
The wall in the stairways is exhibited with halmoni’s photos and messages. As it leads visitors to the brighter space, more hopeful messages are exhibited.


History Room (Japanese military’s ‘comfort women’ - the abnormal system created and developed by the war)
Japanese military documents and other related resources are exhibited to show the truth of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue. This room shows the ‘comfort women’ system as the war crime the Japanese government and military committed and its true nature. It also exhibits former ‘comfort women’s painful experiences at ‘comfort stations’ and their life after the war.

Room outlining the movement (Halmoni’s voice that changes ‘history’ to ‘herstory’)
Visitors can follow the movement history about Japanese military sexual slavery. Materials and footages related to legal cases and international activities are exhibited. They can also experience the Wednesday protests. They can see a replica of the peace statue that depicts a girl whose shadow is the shape of halmoni with an empty chair in front of the Japanese Embassy.

Room about the Life I
There are panels that show the date the women were taken and the areas where victims were taken, along with their belongings. More detailed information is provided with touch screens, including photos, news articles, and testimony videos.

The wall of supporters
Until the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum opened, there were supporters who donated money. Their names are inscribed on the main walls on the second floor.

Room about the Life II
This room was created to celebrate seventieth anniversary of Korea’s liberation. Hard lives of the Japanese military ‘comfort women’ after the liberation are exhibited here along with Korea’s modern history. You can learn about legacy of victims’ lives and hope for their true liberation here.

Memorial wall
On the brick wall halmoni’s faces and the date of death are inscribed. There are empty bricks left for those who do not want to show their faces and names, even after they passed away. Every visitor can offer flowers to them. She or he also can donate money for flowers.


Special Exhibit on the 1st floor (Conflict zones in the world and violence against women)
There are many cases and photos of those who suffer from modern wars. Related images are played on the wall. This space is used for seminars before and after museum operating hours.

Project Exhibit I
The hopeful journey toward the day when the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum opened is exhibited in commemoration of the museum opening.

Project Exhibit II
It is a special exhibition commemorating the seventieth anniversary of Korea’s liberation. Pains of Vietnamese female victims of sexual violence by Korean military are exhibited. The shameful history is looked back upon and a step towards peace is taken here.

Space for participation and promise
Visitors can write their will and promise to support the ‘comfort women’ issue and women who suffer from war.

Museum Shop and Information Center
There are halmoni’s testimonial books, DVDs, and souvenirs for sale in the museum shop. The information center is the place where visitors can share their opinions about peace and human rights.

Visitors can look through materials related to the ‘comfort women’ issue and women who suffer from modern-day warfare in the world.

Museum yard (for taking a rest and chatting)
After looking around the museum, visitors can sit around and chat with people. The yard is used for small performances and cultural events.