On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
On a sunny Saturday afternoon of November 14th, four Yonsei Global members and three exchange students gathered to visit the National Museum of Korea to explore the rich legacy of Korean history. Before heading to the museum, we first filled our hungry bellies with delightful chicken stew and its flavorful broth was the best part.
As soon as we got off our bus, the grand architecture of the museum mesmerized us right away. There were in total three floors worth of exhibitions, beginning with a medieval and early modern history of Korea and ending with World Art Gallery. A single day was not enough to take a look at every artifact the museum has to offer (it is known to have three hundred thirty thousand artifacts), but we tried as hard as we can.
The most memorable collection included the works of Kim Hong-do, a prominent painter during the late Chosun dynasty, Buddhist sculptures, and beautiful calligraphies. The World Art Gallery on the third floor showcased diverse relics from all over the world. We also luckily watched a performance of Korean traditional dance hosted on the first floor.
Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed within the museum. After fruitful three hours, we completed the tour in front of the magnificent pond right outside the museum. The program concluded as we returned to the front gate of the University. It was an enriching experience where we could cultivate knowledge on the history of Korea.