Permanent Exhibition is displayed in the Centennial Hall on the second floor of the Museum.
It is composed of six different zones by theme: Hansen’s Disease, Human Rights, Space Transition, Life, Sorokdo National Hospital, and Friends. Various artifacts and materials such as artifacts used by Hansen’s disease patients (8 types, 14 items including a personal knife used for self-treatment), which are designated as Registered Cultural Heritage No. 663, are displayed to help you understand the history of Sorokdo and Hansen’s disease and sympathize with the life of patients and the value of human rights.
Pause for a moment to listen to the sound that tells the coming of dawn in Sorokdo.
The uncaring roar of waves washes away the sand, as always, but it cannot wash away the Han (resentment) of people in sorokdo.
When the church bell rings at dawn, people go to church to pray.
The blind lean on their sticks. Listen to their hearts.
Exhibits & Collections
Silk Jacket and Pants
This jacket and pants made of silk cloth were donated by an elderly living in Sorokdo.
His mother made them as his wedding suit, which he really wore at his wedding. He became ill with Hansen’s disease one year after his marriage.
Since prejudice and discrimination against Hansen’s disease were severe at the time, his entire family was ostracized by people in his village.
Who would just sit on his hands and look on his family’s suffering? He decided to leave his family and go to Sorokdo.
This silk jacket and pants reflect his mother’s love toward his son as well as his consideration for his family who suffered due to his disease.