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Long, long ago, there was a country called Gaya. The people of Gaya raised silkworms to make clothing and grew grains. With an abundance of iron, they also made a wide variety of iron products, which they traded with other nations. They typically lived in dugout huts, while stored grains in two-story houses with an attic. Each home had a wood-burning furnace that helped keep it warm, and it was even used to cook food. Aren’t you curious as to the way people lived in Gaya? Then, let’s go on a journey to explore the Gaya Village.
Geumgwan Gaya was located in the present-day Gimhae, where the Nakdongang River flows into the sea. It was a major producer of iron, which the people of Gaya took across the sea to Japan, China and other neighboring countries for trade purposes. To cross the sea, they needed boats and other similar modes of transportation. Based on the boat-shaped earthenware uncovered in the region, we can tell what kind of boats they used for their voyages. Why don’t we take a look at the items they exchanged with their neighboring countries?
Gaya, the Kingdom of Iron! Gaya was dubbed the kingdom of iron for having an abundance of iron and many skilled blacksmiths. Using the hard and durable metal, the blacksmiths of Gaya made a wide variety of goods. They made armors and weapons for war as well as farming tools for agriculture. Iron was also an important trade item. Iron must be heated at high temperatures to be forged into the desired shape. How about turning into a blacksmith to make some awesome iron products?
Welcome to the Gaya Workshop. This is a playground for the children of the Gaya Village. Use the tools and materials provided to enjoy various experiences. You can even have your work of art on display here.