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Traditional Culture Hands-on Programs
Traditional Culture Hands-on Programs – Do It Yourself in Three Hours

Can a trip to Korea be truly complete without a hands-on experience in Korean traditional cultural arts? Whether stitching a bojagi (square wrapping cloth), making a paper doll, a small box, or plate with hanji paper, or just taking a souvenir picture of yourself in a hanbok, you will learn more about Korea. Ms. Yano Kaori, a Japanese consultant for Visitkorea, visited craft workshops and museums in Insa-dong and Gahoe- dong for some hands-on traditional culture experience. Rather than just buying souvenirs, how about making your own gifts for your families and friends? A half day is all you need to immerse yourself in a traditional culture experience.

Learn to Make a Bojagi or a Sewing Tool at Gagyo!

This 3-hour program is easier for those who make quilts or like stitching. A simple bojagi (a square piece of cloth used to wrap or cover something) that is hung on the wall for decoration or one that is used to cover a dining table only requires 2 to 4 stitching methods, so it is relatively easy to make for anyone. At Gagyo, a lecturer who speaks Japanese fluently will teach foreign participants how to make a bojagi. The course is also available in English, even though it is not as fluent as Japanese.

[ Yano Kaori’s Pin Cushion ]
The Gyubang (women’s accessories) craft course teaches participants how to make a variety of sewing items, such as a thimble, pincushion, and pouches. The pincushion kit comes with all the necessary pre-cut cloth and sewing tools. Participants purchase their own thread in desired colors, ruler, and hera marker (a tool for making sharp folds in fabric without ironing or cutting). During the class, the teacher will demonstrate and explain each step. Three hours may not be enough to complete a project, so participants will be learning the necessary sewing techniques during the class. Those staying in Korea can bring their projects back after completion and the teacher will make recommendations on what to do. Those who leave Korea can send a photo of their completed work by e-mail and receive assistance.
[ Reporter’s Ramie Fabric ]

Originally, bojagi was made to save leftover scraps of cloth. Nowadays, however, it has become such a popular craft that whole pieces of cloth are intentionally cut and sewn together. A variety of fabrics such as ramie or silk can be used. Usually, the intended use of the bojagi determines the type of fabric. For decorative use on walls or windows, use ramie fabric dyed with natural materials. The tuition for making a sewing item or bojagi is the same, so the choice is up to you.
To make a bojagi, you must cut your own cloth, whereas you will use pre-cut fabrics to make sewing accessories. You can take your project home and complete it using the printed instructions. If you already have sewing experience, you can just buy a project kit to complete at home.

About Gagyo
Location: Gwanhun-dong 6-beonji 301, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-720-0365/ Fax: +82-2-720-0394
Website: (Korean)
Gyubang Crafts: Lesson (3-hour course) 30,000 won/ Thread 3,500 won/ Package 7,000 won
Bojagi Sewing: Lesson (3-hour course) 30,000 won/ Thread 5,000 won/ Ramie Bojagi Package 17,000 won/ Ruler 8,000 won/ Hera 6,000 won How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 1, Jonggak Station, Exit No. 3 → Walk towards Jongno 3-ga and turn left at Kumkang shoe store → Pass Insa-dong intersection towards Sudo Pharmacy → At the first corner to the right, you will find Gagyo on the 3rd floor of Aragaya Tea Shop building

Hanji & People: Hanji Craft
Hanji & People offers hanji craft classes in English, Japanese, and Chinese if you make a reservation in advance. You can choose from 15 easy-to-do hanji craft projects, with each class lasting two to three hours. Most popular among foreign tourists are the accessories classes (dolls, picture frames, or hand mirrors). All the necessary materials are included in the kit, so if you want to take more classes, just buy another kit.
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About Hanji & People
Location: F2, Dong-il Bldg., Insa-dong 170, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-725-9979/ Fax: +82-2-732-9979
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Package Price: Hand mirror 6,000 won, picture frame 6,000 won, farmer doll 40,000 won, other doll 30,000 won (Lecture fees are usually twice the price of package)
Note: For classes in English, Japanese, or English, make a reservation at least 2 to 3 days in advance by sending an email to Foreign-language classes are open only when there are 4 to 5 applicants or more.
How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 1, Jonggak Station, No. Exit 3 → Walk towards Jongno 3-ga and turn left at Kumkang shoe store → Hanji & People is on the 2nd floor of Dong-il building opposite the Dukwon Gallery, before Insa-dong intersection

Insa-dong Tourist Information Center: Try on Hanbok!
The hanbok wearing experience is a fast and convenient cultural experience available for anyone in the Insa-dong area. You can rent a hanbok (choose the one you like in your size) at the Insa-dong Tourist Information Center and take an indoor or outdoor photo (in front of the Center). The center also has a selection for children.

About Insa-dong Tourist Information Center
Location: Gwanhun-dong 155-2, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-731-1676
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Closed during Chuseok and New Year holidays)
Rental Fee: 3,000 won
How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 1, Jonggak Station, Exit No. 3 → Walk towards Jongno 3-ga and turn left at Kumkang shoe store → Walk down the street and you will find the center on the left

Dong-Lim Museum: Knot Making
At the Knot Museum, visitors can not only view the various knotted works on display but also learn how to make one. The Dong-Lim Museum is a cozy museum housed in a small hanok in Gahoe-dong. The Han Sang-soo Embroidery Museum, Gahoe Museum, and numerous workshops and galleries are located nearby. The museum displays paired jade butterfly knots symbolizing conjugal harmony; amber knots symbolizing wealth and prosperity; and the pepper knot symbolizing fertility and the birth of sons. There are also eggplant and bat knots.
Take part in a knot craft program after viewing the exhibits. It takes only an hour to complete a project. The knot project requires silk cord, so the price of a kit is slightly more expensive than ready-made items that are sold in Insa-dong.

About Dong-Lim Museum
Location: Gahoe-dong 11-7, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Admission: Free
Program Fee: Dragonfly-shaped mobile ring 5,000 won (Fees differ depending on program)
Note: For English services, make a reservation by sending an e-mail to at least 3 days in advance.
How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 3, Anguk Station, Exit No. 2 → Take shuttle bus 2 and get off at Donmee Pharmacy → Turn right at the corner and walk about 50 meters

Gahoe Museum: Rubbings, Fans, and Amulets
The Gahoe Museum is a private museum with over 1,500 items in its collection, mostly amulets and folk paintings. The museum also offers programs in amulet-making and folk painting. Visitors can look around the museum and participate in a hands-on program afterwards. Fees differ, ranging between 3,000 and 7,000 won. The Dado tea ceremony class is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 10:30 to 12:00 and costs 30,000 won.

About Gahoe Museum
Location: Gahoe-dong 11-103, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-741-0466 / Fax: +82-2-741-4766
Website:, English)
Admission: Ages 19+ 3,000 won, Ages 18- 2,000 won
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Program Fee: Amulet Stamping 3,000 won/ Rubbing 5,000 won/ Folk Painting Coloring 5,000 won/ Folk Fan Drawing 7,000 won
How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 3, Anguk Station, Exit No. 2 à Take shuttle bus 2 and get off at Donmee Pharmacy → Turn right at the corner and walk about 50 meters → In front of Dong-Lim Museum, walk into the street to the left and walk another 50 meters

Jonginamoo Gallery: Hanji Craft
The Jonginamoo Gallery is a cozy and comfortable space where you can drink traditional tea and take part in a hanji craft experience. The gallery is decorated in muted tones and traditional style with wooden antique furniture and hanji crafts. The one-day hanji craft programs are held outdoors. Classes are available only in Korean, so come with a Korean-speaking friend or be brave - take a class in Korean. The gallery, which has been publicized in Korean and Japanese media, is especially known for its calm, leisurely ambience. If you are not taking a hanji class, you can enjoy a cup of traditional tea and look at the antique furniture and hanji crafts.

About Jonginamoo Gallery
Location: Gahoe-dong 177-6, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82-2-766-3397
Website: (Korean)
Hours: 10:30-22:00 (Closed on 1st and 3rd Sundays)
Program Fee: From 30,000 won (plus materials fees; minimum 4 participants; free traditional tea after program)
Program Hours: 2 hours 30 minutes ~ 3 hours
How to Get There: Take Subway Line No. 3, Anguk Station, Exit No. 2 → Take shuttle bus 2 and get off at Donmee Pharmacy → Walk down the road → The gallery is the second hanok in the bystreet to the left

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Date   07/10/2008

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