Category Archives: Art

A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall. I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I … Continue reading

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The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 2)

If you want to see what works are in the Modern Art section of the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, you can see it on the official website. Some of the works did nothing for me. Some of the works … Continue reading

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The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 1)

Apparently, the founder of the Samsung corporation was a devoted collector of art. He founded a few galleries to display his collection, and he asked his successors at Samsung to continue to collect art and present it to the public. … Continue reading

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The National Museum of Korea

I had been to the Gyeongju National Museum, Buyeo National Museum, and Gongju National Museum, but in Seoul is *the* National Museum of Korea. The permanent exhibitions take up three airy floors, and are divided as thus: Prehistory and Ancient … Continue reading

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Ehwa Womans University

I briefly visited Ehwa Womans University, the first educational institution in Korea to accept female students, later the first officially recognized university, and the currently the largest educational institution in the world which only accepts female students. Ehwa has some … Continue reading

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War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 1

In the photograph above is a statue depicting a South Korean and a North Korean soldier. The South Korean soldier and the North Korean soldier see each, find that the other is his own brother, and embrace. This sometimes literally … Continue reading

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Insadong: The Artsy Alleys and the Delicious Buffet

Between Bukchon to the north, Samil Road to the east, Jong Road to the south, and Jogyesa to the west, is a network of little alleys and primarily pedestrian streets known as Insadong. I remember talking in a restaurant in … Continue reading

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