Donuimun Museum Village – Korea’s lifestyle from 60s


Today I am going to introduce you Donuimun Museum Village. Donuimun refers to Seodaemun, one of the Eight Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. I sometimes got asked by foreign friends why they can’t find Seodaemun (which means South Gate), when there are East, North and South Gate. That is because Japan demolished the South Gate during the colonial period under the name of urban development. So it is gone now. But the Seoul city has turned into the neighborhood where the gate used to stand a museum, given its historic significance. Let’s explore the village with me to find out what fun aspects you can find here. This is called the house of fighter for independence. Let’s go inside. This is the house of fighter for independence. I take the honor of taking a photo with these real independence fighters. I hope you could also visit here to take the honor of taking a photo with these heroes. You come to watch a movie? Yes How many people? Two It is 1,200 won (US$1) for two. This is Saemunan Theater. As you can see here, you can watch very classic Korean movies on the second floor. You can experience Korean lifestyle from the 60s to 80s. You can see the lifestyle of ordinary Koreans during that period. It reminds me of my grandmother’s house when I was young. This is a very old phone. This wardrobe is called jagae or mother-of-pearl, and it is handmade. This is an old fan. Now every house has an air conditioner but back then, it was considered a rich family which afforded a fan. And it is a rice cooker. This is an old TV, which looks unique to me too. I was told by my grandmother that only a very rich house had this kind of TV and all villagers gathered together to watch TV. These are piano scores. These are high school books in the 80s. There are classic novels, like “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “The Good Earth.” A class president in school used to wear these back then. These are elementary school textbooks. This is a pencil sharpener. In the past, Koreans didn’t use beds, but laid thick bedding on the floor to sleep. This is the replication of an old Korean kitchen. People cooked using this cookers and utensils. This water pump used to stand in the front yard. It was for laundry. We didn’t have the heating system of today back then, but used this coal briquette. Some Korean houses still use this for heating. This is used coal briquette. We have a very famous poem, which starts “Do not thoughtlessly kick used coal briquette. Were you ever that hot being for anyone” I am not sure if I remember it correctly. But it went something like that. This is a game room. I used to sneak into here without my mom knowing. Let’s take a look. These are low quality foods we used to eat in childhood. Mothers used to come to this game room to catch kids. This is a replication of a comic book room. I also used to come here a lot, and I still do. When I come here, I suddenly feel like reading. This is a very old photo studio. I am not married. I am not married. This is a replication of an old Korean hair salon. This is for Korean men. These are old chairs we used to see in a hair shop. I don’t know why but an old hair shop always had this Korean national flag. These are tools for haircut. It is towels and these are tools for haircut. Did you have fun with me today while time traveling to the past of Korea? There are many programs you can participate in here. I recommend you come and experience this village by yourself. Behind this village there is also a trail route of Seoul Fortress Wall. Previously I showed you a part of Seoul Fortress Wall connecting Dongdaemun and Hyehwa (Pls check out my previous video). Pls look forward to my next video on the second Seoul Fortress Wall route, which is Inwangsan Route. Bye bye

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