| Marking the Year of Dog in the Chinese zodiac, there are two exhibitions in Seoul that bring light to Koreans' concept of human's loyal friend.
“Our Old Friend, Dog,” organized by the National Folk Museum of Korea, displays a collection of ancient and modern artifacts on dogs. The exhibition focuses on the three main aspects of the an im al _ as the 11th of the Chinese zodiac's 12 an im al gods, an exorcist icon and human's closest livestock.
Regarding the first theme, visitors can see the formally attired an im al stand between rooster and swine icons. As the canine god is believed to represent the west-northwest direction and the two hours of the day between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., the icon is seen on the surface of sundials or plotting boards.
The dog as an exorcist icon often features on funeral items or talismans. Ancient people often drew a mystical watchdog with three eyes, which is believed to have divine power to chase out evil spirits. The exhibits also include artworks describing the everyday dogs.