Wednesday, February 15, 2012

National Folk Museum of Korea

We finally got around to visiting the National Folk Museum of Korea.  We had no problem getting there because it's in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.  We had heard that it was free but found that information wasn't entirely correct.  Yes, the museum is free but the only way to get to it was to spend 1500 WON to enter the palace.
We looked and looked for signs to the museum and Rocketman caught pointed out this hat to me.  I think he really liked it but I was afraid to ask.
We asked at the Information Booth and they pointed straight ahead.  We walked and walked, taking pictures along the way.
It was freezing cold and we still had no idea where we were going.  We asked again and were pointed to the right.
                                      Finally, we found it.  These are the zodiaks.
I wanted to get a nice shot of the front of the building but this woman would NOT stop posing.  We were freezing and she saw us waiting but she wanted an array of pictures with assorted poses so I went ahead and just took a picture.

                 This is a marriage room.  I was so excited as soon as we entered the building.

                             We saw lots of Korean crafts from bojagi to chasu and maedeup.

                                                               Korean thimbles.

                                                        We even found some hanji.

                                        These are molds for rice cakes.  There were so cool.

More hanji.
They even had Korean rooms for different decades to show what people would have had in their homes.

We had a great time.  Rocketman even enjoyed it.  If you want to see the heart and soul of the Korean people, this is a must see. 

The one strange thing we encountered was there was a staff member outside the entrance of the museum who wanted to see our ticket before we were allowed to leave (not enter).  If it was truly free, I questioned the need to see our ticket and why upon leaving.  We saw others also fumbling to find their tickets.

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