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My Private Tour of the National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea in Yongsan offers plenty of guided tours, but I partly kid when I say my tour was “private.” The only reason I ended up getting a private, one-on-one tour of this grand museum is because no one else showed up for the 10:30am English tour! It was just me and my guide, a nice Korean man who spent several years living in San Francisco, so his English was pretty good.

According to my tour book, the National Museum of Korea is the largest museum in Asia. According to the Korea tourism website, it’s the largest museum in Korea. Either way, it’s massive. While the museum has a collection of more than 150,000 pieces, it actually only displays roughly 15,000 of these at any given time.

Admission is free for the permanent exhibition, but varies for their special exhibitions (more on these later). The permanent exhibition is spread across three floors and is divided into the following sections: Prehistory & Ancient History, Medieval & Early Modern History, Calligraphy & Painting, Donated Works, Sculpture & Crafts, and Asian Art. I had no idea — until my guide pointed it out, of course — that the museum contains numerous Korean national treasures. These include including the Pensive Bodhisattva, Goryeo Celadon Openwork Burner, Ten-Story Pagoda from Gyeongcheonsa  Site, and Gold Crown from Silla. Continue reading My Private Tour of the National Museum of Korea

Capturing the Colorful Ihwa Mural Village

Almost three months into our stay here, and we’re still discovering new things to see. I love it! I found out about the mural village in Ihwa-dong while perusing through my Hallyu Official Tourist Guide. (“Hallyu” is basically Korea’s version of “Hollywood,” as in their pop culture including movies, TV dramas, music, games, etc.)

The Ihwa village is located on the slopes of Mt. Naksan, actually right by Naksan Park. As part of a project in 2006 to revitalize the neighborhood, 60 local artists painted murals and installed artwork, including sculptures, throughout the village. Today, visitors can explore the hills, narrow steps and walkways of the residential neighborhood and appreciate the colorful creations — all for free. Continue reading Capturing the Colorful Ihwa Mural Village