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.
Sorokdo inhabitants had many devoted friends.
Sorokdo inhabitants had many friends who devoted their life for them. There were sister Marianne and sister Margaret, who stayed in Sorokdo for about 40 years and sacrificed their lives to take care of Hansen’s disease patients. The letter they left on their departure is still kept in the small room they used to stay.
The video shows the moments of joy brought to Sorokdo inhabitants through various performance and concerts. You can also become a friend of Hansen’s disease patients by signing in the electronic visitor’s book.
Script of The 80 Years of Sorokdo
Until mid-1990s, 「The Half Century of Sorokdo」 (1979) and 「The 70 Years of Brilliant Sorrow on Sorokdo」 (1993) written by Shim Jeonhwang, who was an inpatient, represented historical records of Sorokdo.
In 1996, Sorokdo National Hospital compiled 「The 80 Years of Sorokdo」 as part of a commemorative project for its 80th anniversary. Due to the lack of data, concerning people, armed with passion and a sense of mission, traveled across the country to collect valuable materials, including photographs and annual reports, and compiled them.
「The 80 Years of Sorokdo」 has been playing an important role in providing proper information and knowledge to not only researchers studying Sorokdo but also to the general public.
「The 80 Years of Sorokdo」, as a compilation of Sorokdo’s history, served as the basis for compiling 「The 100 Years of Sorokdo」.