Porsche Korea Opens a Special Exhibition ‘Gifts Sent to Prince Heinrich in 1899’ at Deoksugung Palace

Published : Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 10:36 am
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Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) announced on the 19th that it has opened a special exhibition ‘Gifts Sent to Prince Heinrich in 1899,’ at Deoksugung Palace Deokhongjeon. The exhibition displays three reproduced gifts from King Gojong kept at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg.

For the opening ceremony, Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann, Administrator of Cultural Heritage Administration Eung-chon Choi, President of the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation Young-chang Choi, Ambassador of Germany to Korea Michael Reiffenstuel, President of Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr. Martin Henkelmann, as well as intangible cultural heritage successors who participated in the creation of the exhibited crafts joined to commemorate the 140th anniversary of Korean-German diplomatic relations and appreciate the importance of cultural heritage succession.

Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann stated, "'Gifts Sent to Prince Heinrich in 1899' serves as a milestone in building a future for history, and it's particularly meaningful to launch it on the 140th anniversary of Korea-Germany diplomatic relations." He continued, "As a brand based on tradition and innovation, Porsche plans to continuously support the preservation and transmission of the rich Korean traditional culture and to create future value through such efforts."

In addition, Porsche Korea donated 30 million KRW for the support of national intangible cultural heritage. 5 million KRW will be given to two individuals each to help with their work in the field of crafts and performing arts, and 10 million KRW will be provided to a traditional performing arts group.

In light of the 140th anniversary of Korea-Germany diplomatic ties this year ‘Gifts Sent to Prince Heinrich in 1899’ is a project that has reproduced traditional crafts made from overseas materials to promote the historic importance of Korea and to preserve the craftmanship passed on through generations.

At the exhibition, three historic pieces including an armor, helmet, and armor case, reproduced out of the 40 pieces that King Gojong presented to Prince Heinrich of Prussia, the first state guest of the Korean Empire, will be displayed. The gifts reflect the will of an independent nation.

The special exhibition will be held at Deokhongjeon at Deoksugung Palace until July 2nd. The re-produced works exhibited will be donated to Deoksugung Palace. Admission to the special exhibition is free (separate entrance fee for Deoksugung Palace), and more information can be found on the website of the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation (

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