Gwangju museums

Trip Start Aug 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

So, I went back to Gwangju the very next day. I wanted to go to some of the museums that were supposed to be very nice. They were, but the art museums were closed. It's one of the most important celebrations in the year for Korean people, so I wasn't too surprised.

In the museum, there were some crazy old ceramics that were found in a sunken ship, so they were preserved very well. In the folk museum, a whole bunch of dioramas and things explained the evolution of Korean culture.

Families were out and people were dressed up in traditional clothing. All the kids were out flying kites and playing with hoops in front of the folk museum.

Again, a good way to spend the holiday I think, just hanging out with real people doing real traditions. It was pretty memorable for me.
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Kelly Winger on

Sounds like a great day!

starlagurl on

It was, thanks Kelly!

geof giles on

have you tried going into the north yet?

starlagurl on

Nah, I don't think I'm going to do that. It's expensive and you have to go to Beijing first.
Also, I don't feel like putting any money into their economy.

mijung on

Really nice photos. Have you tried to wear Hanbok in lunar new year? If not, try it in Chusok which is the Korean Thanksgiving Day. Actually, younger people get money from elderly who are their parents or relatives when they bow to them in lunar new year. Ask your Korean friends about the traditions. You will be able to make the extra money(?). I had lived in Gwangju for several years when I was in high school and university, but I don't quite remember where the museum is and how it looks like. Enjoy Korea Louise.

starlagurl on

Haha thanks Mijung! I did know that about the new year money. But I didn't collect any, haha. The museum is in the northeast corner of the city, just north of the bus terminal.

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