It's Friday, meaning the weekend is just around the corner. As usual, we have our 'Life With Culture' segment with culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung in the studio. Bo-kyoung welcome, I heard you visited a unique festival where you can enjoy the beauty of traditional palaces?
That's right Conn-young, the weather these days is just warm enough to go outside and feel the breeze. Given that Saturday is Parent's Day, lots of people are looking for attractive spots to enjoy their weekend. I would like to recommend taking a stroll around the traditional palaces of central Seoul, which are holding special programs as part of a royal culture festival. The festival was previously held once a year, but starting this year there are going to be held twice annually in the spring and in the autumn. Let's take a look at what awaits visitors to the palaces this spring.
For those looking for unique places to visit and relieve some stress, Korea's traditional palaces offer mesmerizing and rare experiences.
The annual "Royal Culture Festival" runs its offline programs until May 9th inside five royal palaces, as well as the Jongmyo shrine and the Sajikdan altar.
One of the newly introduced on-site programs lets visitors rest in the quiet and still outdoors of the palaces.
“Visitors are normally not allowed on the grass, but this year they can relax and get rid of their stress while lying on bean bag chairs in green, leafy corners of the palaces."
"The theme of the festival is "Palaces, soothing our minds." Lots of people are suffering because of COVID-19 so we came up with programs that would bring visitors some comfort. They can go to places they wouldn't normally be allowed to and enjoy a break."
Indoor programs welcome visitors too.
At yak-bang, a special clinic which took care of the royal family's health during the Joseon Dynasty, people can come in anytime to take a look at traditional herbal medicines and learn about their effects.
Meanwhile at Gyujanggak royal library from the Joseon period, people can make their own Korean traditional books.
I just came here to visit palace first very nice people introduced me to Korean culture in this place, it was very nice I just did a Korean traditional book. I love this culture.
Other special programs include a concert in front of Deoksugung's Seokjojeon Hall, where people can listen to music played using traditional Korean instruments.
For those who would rather stay home to enjoy royal palace stories, there are various performances such as the musical "Peach Blossom: It's Sad to Think," which is available on the festival's official YouTube channel until the end of year.
"We have come up with a musical which tells the story of King Jeongjo and how his father, Crown Prince Sado, died with the backdrop of Changgyeonggung - where the history actually took place."
The next festival will be in October, and for bookings and more information, visit the festival's official website: "royal culture festival dot org."
Quite fascinating how visitors can learn about royal culture while having a stroll around the palaces. Now let's shift to art and exhibitions, I hear the schedule has been laid out for viewings of the late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee's art collection?
Well yes. All eyes are on Lee's extensive and impressive art collection and how it is going to be managed.
Out of the 23-thousand pieces around 21,600 were donated to the National Museum of Korea.
To the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, a little under 15-hundred were given.
This Friday morning, the MMCA had a briefing on the details of the donated collection and when it is going to be shown to the public.
The director of the MMCA said that the large donation has made it possible for the museum to finally own ten-thousand pieces of art. He added that characteristic of Lee's collection is its 'variety'.
"His collection embraces all art pieces crossing the boundaries of genre, time period and artist. This variety will enrich Korea's modern and contemporary art history and also will encourage art experts to research more."
Most of the works one,369 artpieces are by modern and contemporary Korean artists‘ such as Kim Whanki, and Park Sookeun, and the other 119 are from globally-recognized masters such as Monet and Gauguin.
Starting this August, the MMCA is planning to gradually unveil Lee's collection to the public mostly at its Seoul venue dividing the collection into three main parts.
Meanwhile, the National Museum of Korea is planning an exhibition in June.
It could include the famous painting “Inwang Jesaekdo" the scene of Inwangsan Mountain After Rain by Jeong Seon.
Very looking forward to the exhibitions. Bo-kyoung as always, thank you for sharing information.