Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sookmyung Saturday #4: Korean National Museum

This Saturday the UW TTGs who have regularly been going to Korean class met up at "our" kimbap place (second time eating there...) before class for lunch.  We got ddeokbokki, four different types of kimbap (one is shown below), and two plates of mandu.  Again, I paid just a little over $3 for my portion of all of that.  Yes! 

Today was our final (fourth) day of the Hangul class.  If we pass the test next week, we can start level 1!  We only had class for an hour today though (instead of than the regular two), because we had a field trip afterwards!

All of the different leveled classes went on the trip, so there were about 6 or 7 Koreans herding around 20+ foreigners through the metro on our way to the museum.  It was a funny sight.  I felt like a child, constantly being counted and regrouped.  They wanted the different classes to stay together, so I walked with my Hangul group (3 UW TTGs + teacher).

Before we even stepped foot inside, I was impressed with the appearance of the museum.

There were some performers just outside of the entrance, so we all stopped to watch for a few minutes.  These men were dressed in some sort of costume (traditional? I'm not sure), but they were breakdancing to pop music.  And then this one took off his shirt:

Some of the performers had a sort of streamer attached to their headpiece.  While playing their instrument and walking around, they kept the streamer in motion by moving their head.  That was neat to watch.

Then it was time to go inside.  While waiting for a few minutes inside (for what? I'm not sure), our baby Hangul class took a picture with our teacher:

Hangul class at Sookmyung University in Seoul!

Have I mentioned that the building was gorgeous?

We were all handed an English "self study guide" and instructed to answer questions 1 - 18 as we made our way through the museum.  Although the cover clearly stated that it was "for children and teenagers" and many of the questions were oh so simple, I rather liked having something to look for in each room.  The rooms were large and had so many displays; we would have been there forever if we hadn't had a small mission in each room.

I have also never been given a free self-study guide in any museum I've been to, so I was again impressed.

Here are some displays I saw:

Afterwards the instructors checked our answers (we got them all right!  ta-da!), and then gave us a museum notebook!  Finally, I hit up the museum's gift shop.  I actually made a few purchases there.  Know why?  Prices weren't ridiculously ridiculous like in U.S. museums!  Pictured below are my treasures: a magnet, two sets of Seoul postcards, stamp stickers, and my free notebook. 

I think I paid around $7 or $8 for all of that, and the postcard sets are really nice!  Most of the students went to dinner with the instructors afterwards, but I dipped out and headed home.

Leaving the Korean National Museum in the early evening
Although I left the museum at 18:30, I didn't get to my front door until 21:00.  Had I gone to dinner it would have been a much later night, and I wanted to get some things done before bed.


What is pictured below? Rather, what is their use?

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  1. Alien hatching pods. I wouldn't get too close...

    1. Good guess. Answer is now up:

  2. They look like molds for gigantic pots.

    1. Not quite -- thanks for guessing! Answer is here: