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Unique Museums in Bukchon Hanok Village
A concentrated area of Korean traditional houses, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to five unique museums that can be visited with a 10,000-won pass. The museums, Gahoe Museum, Hansangsu Embroidery Museum, Dong-Lim Knot Museum, Museum of Korean Buddhist Art, and Seoul Museum of Chicken Art, are all within a 5-minute walking distance of each other, allowing visitors to see them quite easily. After viewing the galleries, visitors can also immerse themselves in hands-on cultural experiences such as fan illustration.

There is no minimum number of participants required for each of the programs so single visitors can also participate in the program of his/her choice for a small fee. Visitors are encouraged to come to these cultural programs, held in a traditional hanok, and experience various kinds of Korean culture.

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Gahoe Museum

Visitors can see folk art from ancient times, paintings reflecting religious beliefs, and tiles in the shape of humans and goblins. After viewing, visitors can participate in regular hands-on programs at any time; reservations are not necessary. No minimum participation is required and even single visitors can participate. Both the fan illustration, which teaches the elements of Korean color and the amulet stamps, which are thought to ward off bad luck, remain the most popular events.

Hands-on Programs
Hours: 10:00~17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Programs: Fan illustration 7,000 won (1 hour) / Charm stamping 3,000 won (20 minutes)
Reservation: No reservation required for Tuesday through Friday / Phone reservation required for weekends
Notes: Instructions are given in English but foreigners can easily try by following instructor’s demonstration.
Tel: +82-2-741-0466 (Korean, English, Japanese)

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Hansangsu Embroidery Museum

The museum has on exhibit embroidery-related relics and the works of Han Sang-su, who has been named an Intangible Cultural Asset. Reservations are not required, and for a small fee of 3,000 won visitors can make an embroidered item. The one-hour program starts with a demonstration by an instructor, after which participants then embroider a handkerchief following the steps of the instructor.

Hands-on Programs
Hours: 10:00~17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Programs: Embroidery on handkerchief 3,000 won (1 hour)
Notes: Instructions are given in Korean only but program is opened for even a single participant.
Tel: +82-2-744-1545 (Korean)

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Dong-Lim Knot Museum

The museum has on exhibit a variety of decorative traditional Korean maedeup (knots): norigae for hanbok, brooches, and accessories made of maedeup. Maedeup lessons are available in both short-term (one day) and long-term programs. To participate, call at least two days in advance.

Hands-on Programs
Hours: 10:00~18:00 (closed on Mondays)
< 1-day Program >
- Dragonfly maedeup for hand-phone 5,000 won (30 minutes)
- Maedeup necklace 10,000 won (1 hour)
<Long-term Program >
- Private instruction for 3 months (2 hours once a week) to learn various maedeup, 100,000 won/month
Notes: Instructions are offered in Korean only. The program is open for single participants as well.
Tel: +82-2-334-5335 (Korean)

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Museum of Korean Buddhist Art

This specialized Buddhist Art museum is home to about 6,000 relics related to Buddhism, including statues, paintings, ceramics, and folk crafts.
Descriptions of exhibits are available in English and Japanese. Currently, the museum does not offer hands-on programs.

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Seoul Museum of Chicken Art

Bridging together the spiritual beliefs of both East and West, the museum exhibits a unique selection of crafts symbolizing both culture and art through animalistic expression.
Currently, there are no hands-on programs, but some will become available after November 2008.

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Date   12/31/2008

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