Friday, February 24, 2017

Week in history : Poet of resistance and National Debt Redemption Movement of Daegu, Korea Through Great names' Hanok(Korean Old house).

Visiting HANOK
Meaningful history of Daegu

With the special day of 2.28 soon approaching, Min Hee and her family set out to learn a bit more about the history of Korea’s Democracy Movement. Last month we visited the Democracy Movement Hall near Myeongdeok Station. We were really surprised that so many high school students were involved in the movement here in Daegu and around the country. We were a little interested in that fact when, last year Min Hee and her dad, we were able to view Adam’s Basement as part of a special stamp tour event. So this time we go to visit Hanok(Korean old house) to see old houses and historical traces.

 ■ House of Lee Sang Hwa

Lee Sang Hwa is a famous Korean poet who lived from 1901 until 1943, was born in Daegu. He was a teacher of French and English. He is most famous for his poetry. He raised awareness of the life Koreans were subjected to under Japanese rule. 

In his house turned museum there we can see the basic conditions he lived in. Now come a meeting point of past and present. There are several interactive components of the museum. Maybe the most popular is pictured above. There are costumes from the time of Lee Sang Hwa’s life. Guests are invited to dress up and take photos. There is even a simple way to use the on-site camera and email the photo to yourself or others.

There are a few other interactive displays. Min Hee has always been interested in the music and songs of the time. There is actually a version of “Oh My Darling”. There are also old photos and artwork on display.

There is a sign-in book for visitors and there are brochures available in English and Korean. The brochures explain some facts of Mr. Lee’s life and have the titles of several of his poems.

Again, here is another interactive display with tests for visitors to take. This is something fun and educational. Min Hee sometimes asks if the other visitors are from Daegu. It is always nice to see so many people visiting and on occasion we here people speaking in different languages. These areas downtown seem to be popular with those of us from Daegu as well as people from out of town.

▶ More Information◀ 
 ● Inquiry :
    - 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese etc)
    - Office (House of Lee Sang Hwa) : +82-53-256-3762 (Korean)
 ● Opening Hours : 10:00am~17:300pm (Closed on every Monday.)
 ● Admission : Free
 ● Website : 
 ● Address : 6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu

■ House of Seo Sang Don

Seo Sang Don lived from 1850 until 1913. In his early days he worked hard and early in his life he became very successful both financially and as a prominent member of society. His family was not treated well because they were members of the Catholic Church. Once he became successful he used his money towards mission work and in support of the Catholic Church. He also played an important role in attempt to raise money for the proposed National Debt Repayment Movement and awareness of social issues and education.

“Mommy, how many people lived here?”
“I do not know. Long ago big families lived in small houses.”
“Where is the TV?”
“There were no TVs a long time ago.”
“Oh no!”

“Daddy why is everything so small?”
“A long time ago people didn’t have many clothes and other things.”
“Why not, daddy?”
“People had simpler lives.  No stress about new toys or new phones baby girl.”
“Wow, that is interesting.”

“Mommy, what is this room?”
“It is the kitchen.”
“Uh oh, no refrigerator in there!”

The timeline is explained in the brochures available on site. Seo Sang Dan led an interesting life and he tried to improve the lives of people in Daegu as well as the country. He played an important role in Korean History. Some of his lessons are still practiced today.

▶ More Information◀ 
 ● Inquiry :
    - 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese etc)
    - Office (House of Seo Sang Don) : +82-53-256-3762 (Korean)
 ● Opening Hours : 10:00am~17:300pm (Closed on every Monday.)
 ● Admission : Free
 ● Address : 6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu

We hope to see you out and about in our Colorful Daegu and if you happen to see us, please say HI!  
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1 comment:

  1. Please, contact me next week when you have time.