October 9th, around 12PM, 4 Yonsei Global members and 4 exchange students visited Seoul Museum of Art, near City Hall station (line 2) entrance 11. At the museum, there were 3 exhibitions ongoing: GanaArt Collection: Herstory ReviewSeoul Mediacity Biennale <One Escape at a Time>Chun Kyung-ja, External Narcissist Due to limited time, we only had the chance to enjoy the exhibition a...
The first KMA event of 21-2 semester took place on ZOOM at 12:00pm. Although our museum tour was cancelled due to the severe COVID-19 situation in Korea, four YG members and one exchange student had attended with an excitement. The main topic of today’s meeting was 1988 Korean Olympics and its impact on Korean architecture.
The night before we met on the ZOOM meeting, there was an Easter-egg event. We looked around the VR museum titled ‘Olympic Effect: Korean Architecture and Design from 1980s to 1990s’ and when we found and took a screenshot of specific exhibits, we could win a prize.
The day we met, we did a quick self-introduction and watched two videos together and shared our impressions. The first video was the recording of 1988 Korean Olympic open ceremony. We could feel the excitement and enthusiasm along the video and especially enjoyed the song ‘Hand in Hand.’ It was surprising that the song has been quite old but still being great. These days, events with so many people singing along are rare and thus felt more special.
Next video was a museum tour video with a guide explaining each section. It was interesting how Korean architecture, industry, design, and economy has changed drastically after the 1988 Olympic. Many industries moved from analog to digital, and once poor country after the war has started to dream towards the globalization.
After sharing what we thought about today’s videos, though we couldn’t have lunch together, we received Starbucks lunch gifticons so that we could have lunch individually. Here’s other participant’s reflection on today’s KMA1-1 event:
Jack Burns: My name is Jack Burns and I’m a senior majoring in Political Science on an exchage program here at Yonsei. Today’s program was both informative and fun. I didn’t know much about the 88 Seoul Olympics other than the politics surrounding it, so it was cool to see how the olympics directly affected Korean society and industry.