Horace G. Underwood II beside a statue of his grandfather.Tomorrow morning, well-seasoned shoppers and bargain hunters will get a one-time opportunity to browse through something other than the standard Namdaemun market fare.
An old-fashioned garage sale is set to take place at the Underwood residence on the Yonsei University campus, following the death of Horace Grant Underwood II on Jan. 15. The sale of family possessions will bring on a whiff of nostalgia to a city that places little premium on second-hand goods.
Mr. Underwood was among the third generation of the American Protestant missionary family that is largely credited with introducing and propagating Protestant Christianity on the Korean Peninsula.
Although many of the Underwoods’ possessions were destroyed during the Korean War and other heirlooms are remaining in the family, there will be plenty of interesting items for buyers.
Among the furniture and appliances for sale are some novelty items such as an old croquet set, an eclectic collection of books, antiques, and an assortment of clothes, evening wear, accessories, jewelry and evening bags.
One of the most famous and influential non-Korean families in Korea over the last century, the Underwoods have a long and fascinating history that is intertwined in the fabric of Korean society. Mr. Underwood’s grandfather, the first Horace Grant Underwood, was the founder of Yonsei University, where the third Underwood was an emeritus professor of education until his death.
Horace G. Underwood II also served during the tumultuous post-World War II and Korean War years as a senior interpreter at Panmunjeom.
Callers are asked to show up no earlier than 9 a.m. From the east gate of Yonsei University, signs will point visitors toward the Underwood residence.
by Kirsten Jerch