On Monday I met Paul for our own little Museum Day. Unfortunately, we did not consider that the majority of museums (and palaces) are closed on Mondays. You’d think I’d remember this since I discovered the same thing the first day of my parent’s trip here back in 2007.
Frog-Sized Dead Cicada
At Tapdol (Pagoda) Park
She showed us where practitioners make medicine and we got to sample some. It was old meets new to see men in lab coats and huge steel drums that encased clay pots and a heating element. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos.
Paul looked at me. I looked at him. Huh?
Turns out the museum was in the same building as a dentist’s office, and on the same floor. The museum was small, full of interesting books, and full of employees who didn’t even greet us or send us off with a goodbye. Stitch me unimpressed.
Whenever I ask permission to take photos, even (as was the case here) when there’s a sign saying not to, I am granted permission. This is why it ticks me off so much when other bloggers talk about “sneaking” photos. Either ask for permission or mind the signs.
After we were done with the first floor, the guard told us to go up to the third floor. In the stairwell there were examples of various paper folding and cutting methods, mostly don’t by students. On the third floor we found a lot of different paper products turned into art. It was very neat, and Paul and I spent quite a bit of time up there.
We also poked around on the fourth floor and found a stationary store that had far less cute plastic junk and far more hanji (traditional Korean paper) than the average stationary store.
I highly recommend visiting the museum. I’m hoping to take Mother and Sister there before I leave. It’s right off of Dongdaeipgu station, so it’s easy to get to, as well.