Day Four: Leeum Museum
You have come to expect me to say “Another great day in Seoul, South Korea!”, haven’t you? Well, those are simply the best words to describe it!
My thrifty young roommate, Dot Vile, had deduced that the best breakfast deal could be had by starting at the cafe in the hotel where the breakfast is best skipped but free coffee refills were available. (She is such a wise young lady for her few years!). With sufficient juice in the tank, we then could go to the fresh bakery to garner green tea scones. They are FABULOUS! I will be searching high and low for a recipe for them once I get home!
The familiar bus ride to Hangaram invited great conversation and drive-by sightseeing. As we stopped for a light, look what we saw:
Kimchi pots!! Cooking in the sun! How cool is that?!?
Once at the Hangaram Museum, a special surprise awaited us…. or at least it was very special to me! The parents of a Korean student with whom I had studied at the University of the Arts came to the museum! I was thrilled to meet Yena’s parents, and Mrs. Park was especially happy to meet me as her daughter had told her of visits to my home in Philly. That visit just touched my heart! And Yenna looks so much like her mother, the two could pass for sisters!
Rev and Mrs Park then treated all of us to lunch at this INCREDIBLE buffet!
All of us seemed us seemed to be in agreement that, despite the many nice meals we have savored here, this buffet outshines them all!
The highlight of the day was the Leeum Museum. A multi change bus and subway ride took us to this home of Korean National Treasures as well as an exhibit of modern art. I have but a few pictures…. all of us were snapping away until the docents arrived and asked us to refrain. Oops!
The museum was funded by Mr. Samsung. You may have heard of him or read his name somewhere…. like on your phone or your tv or… His lavish, private residence is next door to the museum, and, not surprisingly, protected by guards. 😉 You can barely see the top of the castle….. 😉
Also not surprisingly, the area around his home is quite architecturally interesting and “posh”…
The day ended with a banquet with all of the artists involved in the show. It was a beautiful evening, with much fellowship and “com sang he das” being said. 😉 At the banquet, Jeanne Jaffe presented MiKyoung Lee with a scarf we all purchased at the Leeum Museum store to say thanks for all her work in coordinating and translating during our visit.
And Look what I have drying in my room tonight: leechee nut shells from lunch with the Parks!
Sometimes a girl just can’t help herself! Lol
Till next time, here’s a few more art pieces to savor….