Saturday, January 7, 2012

National Museum of Korea

Yesterday we had our first extremely successful outing for this break. We had no problems either getting to the museum or home from it. We had no problem finding something that we could all eat (well, except Kennedy). We got plenty of pictures. And both parents and children were able to enjoy the experience.

Remember how awesome the War Memorial of Korea was (past tense only refers to the post--the museum still exists, of course!)?  Remember how it's free? Remember how there is plenty of history and even more replicas that the kids could climb on allowing both adults and children to enjoy the museum?

The National Museum (in some ways) has those same features. First of all, a museum as extensive and beautiful as this one would never be free in the States. It's incredible to me. I don't know how it works. The museum is huge and you really get an idea of how long the history is in this country. It's also interesting to see so much of the history before the Korean War when the peninsula was all one country.

To be honest, we didn't spend too much time in the "adult" part of the museum. We decided to leave the house at about 11:00, so we were hungry shortly after our arrival. We were able to find the "food court" which was essentially cheap Korean food. There were about six options all for about 6,000 W (or $6), so we ordered three pork cutlets and split our meals between the four of us. Cade loved the pork cutlet, the soup, and he ate a little rice. I really enjoyed the cabbage salad that accompanied the meal. Eric enjoyed all of it, and Kennedy wouldn't eat any of it (not even the rice for some reason).

We wandered around the museum for an hour or two--the kids finding every video that they could--and Eric attempting to read every single display in one room. I got to check out the displays on the evolution of Korean pottery and Celadon. We even were able to pick up a few souvenirs for those of you back home!

After that first hour, though, the kids were ready to move on to the Children's Museum. I had read online that you needed to get a ticket for it (even though it's free), but we couldn't find an open stand to get the tickets. I was also a bit unsure as to what the session times online were for, but I remembered that one of the sessions began at 3:00 and it was about 3:00 by the time we wandered down there.

When we arrived, we could see why they had sessions every 90 minutes. It was busy! They will only let in so many kids during each session, so after 90 minutes, they let all of those children out and a new set gets to go in. Naturally, since it was 3:00 (on a Friday), the 3:00 session was full. Now we know that when you arrive, you pick up tickets for the next session that isn't full and then you wander and get some food.

The sweet girl behind the counter let us in for the 3:00 session anyway and I'm almost positive that it's just because we have cute, blond kids! They had hanoks you could build, old-fashioned tools you could use, straw huts you could play in, and even an outdoor playground. The kids played until they were exhausted! It was an exhausting day for Eric, too, since it was only Cade's 2nd full day in underwear, so he had to take him to the bathroom every hour.

All in all, we had a great trip and it was nice to have something work out easily for us! We can't wait to take you when you come to visit! Don't forget to check out more pictures in the album on the top right of the page.

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