August 19, 2008
This past Saturday we went with Sasha to the National Museum of Korea in hopes of soaking up some Korean Culture. We promised her a fun day in Seoul for Saturday, and had lot planned out, including bus tours and street festivals. Unfortunately, it’s still Monsoon Season in Bucheon, so our plans were all but thrown out. Simon was exceptionally mopey, and just wanted to stay home and hide from the rain. Fortunately, Martina and Sasha insisted, so we replanned our day and decided it would be best to go to the Museum instead.
We ran into a bit of a snag along the way. We took the subway to Yongsan station and wanted to transfer over to another subway that took us to Icheon station, where the Museum was located. Unfortunately the subway to Icheon was part of a special train that we still don’t know how to take, so we were stuck at Yongsan station. Luckily for us (for Simon, especially), Yongsan is home to an eight-floor electronics market bonanza. Simon was lost in it for an hour or so, walking around and looking at electronics that he couldn’t buy (re: not yet, at least), while Sasha and Martina had a coffee and did a bit of shopping of their own for bags and such.
We finally decided to take a taxi to the museum instead, which only set us back a couple of bucks anyways, since taxis are so cheap here. We didn’t expect much from the museum, especially because of our first museum experience in the Gyeonggi Museum which was a little bit boring. We were pleasantly surprised. The architecture, to begin with, was breathtaking. We were also really happy with the contents of the museum itself, and not just its pretty design. The exhibits of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Vietnamese art and life were really interesting, and the Buddhism exhibit was really stunning. As well, we left the museum when the sun was beginning to set, and wandered around the museum’s garden, which was also stunning. Altogether, we really enjoyed the museum, and would definitely go there again. We took a lot of pictures of our day as well, so click on any of the pictures in this post to see our gallery, or check out our National Museum of Korea gallery here.