Specimens are essential in terms of conducting research as they are the most realistic time and space-based records. Thus the Korea National Herbarium is the Korea’s first exclusive specimen facility established to contribute to further research in related sectors by procuring large numbers of specimens, accurate taxonomy, establishing of species systems, as well as enhancing the usage of specimens and excellent preservation. Aiming at preserving the seeds for Korean native plants, it houses a high-tech low temperature storage center for seeds (Seed Bank), which is one of the most efficient preservation methods of plant genetic resources. Currently, plant specimens, as well as animal and mineral resources living or found in forests are stored here, and it also has the largest insect specimen base in the nation. The Korea National Herbarium has a collection of about 1.15 million specimens including 560,000 plants and 510,000 as of September 2019.
Front View of Korea National Herbarium