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Learning Traditional Korean Crafts

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If you are interested in learning about Korean traditional crafts, there are many opportunities to do so.  Organisations like SIWA (Seoul International Women's Association) have classes for its members given by other members; many of the major museums offer classes in English; some of the major department stores (ie Shinsegae) provide them in Korean (non-Korean speakers can attend - sometimes instructors speak some English or are willing to communicate using hand gestures). Some of the small specialty museums also give visitors the opportunity to learn the traditional craft they feature.

Dong-Lim Knot (Maedeup) Museum
This private museum in the downtown area (Insa-dong/Bukchon) of Seoul features a wide collection of items featuring traditional Korean knots. Lessons are available in a one-day program as well as in a long-term program. To participate, call (02-3673-2778, Korean-speaker only) at least two days in advance. The classes operate from 10am to 6pm and have a maximum capacity of 12 people. The museum is closed on Mondays. Although instructions are given only in Korean, they are available to foreign visitors/residents. For more details click on the museum name above or go to About Korea and look under Traditional Arts & Crafts.

Gahoe Museum

This small private museum offers regular hands-on programs from10am to 5pm every day, except Mondays. The programs can accommodate up to 25 people. On weekends, it's best to reserve in advance by calling 02-741-0466 ( Korean and Japanese). Instructions are given only in Korean, but are open to foreign residents/visitors.Info re  Regular Hands-on Programs:
Peony T-shirt making 12,000 won (30 minutes)
Character painting picture frame making 10,000 won (1 hour)
Fan drawing 7,000 won (1 hour)
Cup saucer drawing 4,000 won (30 minutes)
Goblin roof tile stamping 5,000 won (20 minutes)
Amulet stamping 3,000 won (20 minutes)
Dancheong (Colors) card making 3,000 won (20 minutes) 

Paper Museum - Jong Ie Nara
The Jone Ie Nara museum offers visitors a glimpse into the history of paper art in Korea through its collection of works ranging from traditional artifacts made with rice paper to modern paper art. .The museum also runs various art programs for all age groups, such as the “origami class for children” and “rice paper craft,” and teacher training programs in various genres related to paper art.Getting there: Dongguk University, line 3, stop 332, exit 3. Info: 02-2264-4560. Hours: Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:30 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. (No admittance after 5:30). Closed Sundays and national holidays. Some classes free of charge but best to check with the museum regarding specific sessions.

K4E Note: If you are aware of any other programmes or if any of the above should be updated, please let us know at info@korea4expats.com.

Last Updated on 2015-03-01

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