Text description provided by the architects. Three issues; National Museum of Korean Contemporary History has three crucial design issues. First issue is remodelling the old building that has been used since 1950. It is to recollect and retain the 50 years of Korean modern history in Gwanghwa gate circus.
Secondly, it has got symbolical representation as the site is located in Korean symbolic central axis 1. The axis starts from Gyeongbok Palace of Joseon to Nam Mountain to Han River. The issue was raised how to begin and what to contain at the starting point of symbolic axis.
Lastly, it has a role of informing the Korean modern history. Although the period of history is 50 to 60 years, there have been many remarkable events and historical moments to remember and this museum should stand as a role example to demonstrate the history of Korea.