Introducing the SK Heritage Museum Building
The SK Heritage Museum comprises exhibition space on the first, second and basement floors. It is very meaningful that it was modeled on SK’s very first office building, the Sunkyong Textiles Main Building, which was built in 1959. It has not merely been built in the same style as the original building but the entrance, and exterior cladding from the original building have also been used and additionally, the windows that can be seen from the staircase and the handrails have also been recreated faithfully.
Using various media, the SK Heritage Museum displays key stories and items that show the effort and innovation that fueled the company’s growth from its incorporation in 1953 until 1998. Also, visitors can tour the Chairman’s Office, which is filled with personal effects from the relevant period and can visit the Remembrance Hall to pay their respects to the Founding and Former Chairmen, who were titans of industry.
This exhibit on the 2nd floor is a small-scale reproduction of the Founding Chairman’s office in the Sunkyong Textiles Seoul Office of the 1970s. (2F)
It was in this office that Founding Chairman Choi Jongkun and Former Chairman Chey Jong-hyon conceived many plans including ‘Sunkyong’s Five Year Plan’, the ‘Yarn Plant Construction Plan’, the ‘Acquisition of Walker Hill’, and the ‘Strategy for Vertical Integration from Oil to Textiles’. The desk, chairs, table, telephone and other items displayed in this office will enable visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Chairman’s Office exactly as it was in the 1970’s. Various personal effects of the two Chairmen are arranged throughout the office such that visitors can feel transported back to a past generation. From the wood-patterned ceiling, hardwood floor and large windows that let the sun in to the wall clock, fan and safe, everything is a faithful recreation of the Chairman’s Office at that time. One wall is adorned with the various commendations, medals and awards received by Founding Chairman Choi Jongkun and Former Chairman Chey Jong-hyon and the plaque commemorating the 700th Episode of ‘Scholarship Quiz’, the typewriter, ink stone box, flag box and ceramics really evoke the atmosphere of 1973.
Fifteen looms dating from the founding of Sunkyong Textiles are displayed throughout the museum on the first floor, basement and the basement of the Talent Hall and recreate and tell various stories about the company. (1F, B1, Talent Hall B1)
In the basement of the Talent Hall, we have collected 11 looms, including some originally used by the company, some samples of fabrics, including Phoenix quilt lining, which was Sunkyong Textiles’ leading lining, and a model of the cockerel that represented Sunkyong’s leading brand ‘Rooster Lining’, in order to recreate the Sunkyong Textiles Suwon factory as it was in the 1960s.
There are 11 looms displayed in this room, three looms on the 1st floor of the main hall and one loom in the basement display space for a total of 15 looms, which is the exact number of looms that the company had on the day it started business. Lastly, visitors can see photos and video of the early days of Sunkyong Textiles from its founding in 1953 up to the visit of a delegation of journalists from Vietnam in 1969. Finally, there is a photo zone where visitors can take photos while wearing uniforms that were worn by Sunkyong employees at that time.
The vehicles used by Founding Chairman Choi Jongkun and Former Chairman Chey Jong-hyon are on display in this exhibit. (Outside)
The motor cars displayed here are those formerly used by Founding Chairman Choi Jongkun and Former Chairman Chey Jong-hyon. The Founding Chairman began using a Chrysler Jeep after being elected as a councilor on Suwon City Council in 1956. He regarded hands-on management and speed as being vitally important and this car enabled him to be highly efficient in those regards. The Cadillac Concours is the same model as the one used by Former Chairman Chey Jong-hyon from 1996 until his passing in 1998. Both cars can be sat in.