Dissonant heritage, interpretation and connection in War and Women’s Human Rights Museum in Seoul, South Korea

Maria Jukna


This paper examines the role of heritage interpretation in its preservation and its relationship with the tourism industry. Specifically, it focuses on the case of the comfort women, who were victims of sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during the occupation of the Korean Peninsula. The critical analysis centres on the exhibition at the War and Women's Human Rights Museum in Seoul, South Korea, which is dedicated to their story. The main objective of this paper is to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a connection between the heritage and the visitor in situations where dissonances surrounding the heritage and imperfect message transmission exist. Additionally, the paper aims to highlight the museum's use of emotion in delivering the interpretation to achieve the desired outcome of establishing a connection with the visitor, preserving the heritage for future generations, answering to sustainable heritage practices.

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interpretation; dissonant heritage; comfort women; museum; sustainable heritage practices

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