A Hands-On Experience of Korean Crafts
Seoul's Bukchon district is made up of traditional Korean buildings, many of which house workshops where artisans practice ancient crafts. Strolling the quiet streets and ducking in to listen to a master talk about his or her work is one of the is a treat. If you're inspired to try your hand yourself, stop by this place. In the rooms around the courtyard you'll find stations where you can practice different crafts. On the day we visited, our 9-year-old son did a painting while my wife and I sewed. I made a little pouch that in the old days would have been used to store the pattern for a pair of slippers. Thankfully, it didn't require much skill. It was just a nice way to slow down and take a moment to live in an earlier time. Plus it was fun, and we came away with some very personal souvenirs. The center offers a different range of crafts each day.
By Jeremy Saum, AFAR Staff
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