This year, Christmas is a festive occasion for children of all ages

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This year, Christmas is a festive occasion for children of all ages

With Christmas and winter vacation season coming around, exhibitions good for children are popping up. Some ongoing large-scale exhibitions are also adding winter vacation programs for children.


Left: Kwon Jung-jun’s installation “Fractal Apple” and Han Sun-kyung’s installation and performance “Artist Sun-kyung’s Ppang” are part of the “Art & Cook” exhibition. Provided by Sejong Center
Right: Kim Moon-young’s sculpture “Tap Tap Tap” is also part of the “Art & Cook” exhibition. Provided by Sejong Center

Art & Cook

The exhibition, which started yesterday at the gallery of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul, features 22 local artists’ various works about food. Among the exhibits are “sweet” photos by Koo Seong-youn, which show peonies made of candies arranged in the style of Korean traditional folk paintings, and a big balloon installation, “Breathing Apple,” by Park Sung-yeon. The art work also includes Han Sun-kyung’s installation and performance “Artist Sun-kyung’s Ppang.” She makes ppang in the shape of her face just in the way that bungeoppang, or fish-shaped pastry, is made. Bungeoppang is one of the best loved street foods in winter.

The exhibition will offer bakery classes. The classes include a “Cake of Vitellius” class that will help adults make and decorate Christmas cakes and “I Am Patissier, Too” class that teaches children how to make cookies.

*The exhibition runs through Jan. 29. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is 5,000 won ($4.31) for adults and students and 4,000 won for pre-school children.

The one-and-half-hour “Cake of Vitellius” class, which is offered once at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays from Monday to Dec. 30, is 20,000 won including the admission fee for the exhibition.

The one-hour “I Am Patissier, Too” class, which is provided seven times a day on weekdays during the exhibition period,” costs 8,000 won, with admission included. The “Marzapane Muffin” class is offered at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition period. Go to Gwanghwamun subway station, line No. 5, exit 8. For more information, call (02) 399-1152, 1022 or visit


Visitors to “Chocolate: The Exhibition” admire a chocolate castle made by a chocolatier. [YONHAP]

Chocolate: The Exhibition

The exhibition, which features replicas of relics related to the history of chocolate and some art work made of chocolate, started on Monday at the V Gallery of the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul.

For thousands of years, mankind has been fascinated by the taste of chocolate. But few know that the first people who made chocolate were the ancient Mesoamerican tribes of Mexico and Central America.

The exhibit was originally created by The Field Museum in Chicago, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and is currently on a national tour of the country.

Through more than 21 highly detailed replicas of relics from the Chicago museum and 66 large-scale images, “Chocolate: The Exhibition” explores chocolate throughout history and around the world.

The Korean version of the exhibit also has a unique zone named “Choco Land” where children can learn about the manufacturing process of chocolate.

Seeing jewelry and high-heel shoes, all made of chocolate, by Korea’s leading chocolatiers - Choi Jeong-wol and Jeong Young-taek - will be another draw for visitors.

Outside the gallery, there will be a two-meter-high chocolate art wall made by three other local chocolatiers - Kwon Oh-in, Park Eun-seon and Park Yong-sik.

*The exhibition runs until March 3. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for the last Monday of every month. Admission is 10,000 won both for adults and children. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for 5 minutes. For more information, call (02) 585-9991 or visit


Children enjoy the Thomas and Friends exhibition. [JoongAng Ilbo]

Thomas & Friends

This exhibition, which started last Saturday, is a kind of theme park based on the world-famous British TV animation show series “Thomas and Friends.” Thomas the Tank Engine, a fictional steam locomotive, is the second most popular character to Korean children next to Pororo the Penguin, according to a survey.

The visitors to the exhibition will get a chance to take the beloved train and will tour the elaborate replica of the village in the animation series.

*The exhibition continues through Feb. 12. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission is 16,000 won for children up to age of 12 and 12,000 won for those older.

Go to Yangjae Citizens’ Forest station, Sinbundang line, exit 4. For more details, call 1544-5063 or visit

Court Painters of the Joseon Dynasty


A child paints in the style of hwawon, or court painter of the Joseon dynasty, at the Leeum Museum. Provided by the museum

The main target of this ongoing exhibition, which features about 110 paintings by hwawon, or court painters, is not for children but it is providing a special class that helps children make paintings in the way of hwawon. The one-hour class is offered at 11 a.m., 2,3,4 and 5 p.m. per day without extra charge.

The court painters were responsible for producing paintings for the state as employees of Dohwaseo, the state bureau of painting in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). According to Leeum, it is the first exhibition dedicated to the hwawon, who had a low social status despite their roles in the court.

The first section features paintings that hwawon created for the court and royal household. The highlight of the section is “Royal Palanquin Procession,” a nearly 10-meter-long painting depicting a procession of King Gojong and his family in the late 19th century. The second section features paintings created by hwawon for private patrons, including noblemen and wealthy aristocrats. The section includes paintings of Taoist immortals by Kim Hong-do (1745-after 1806), regarded as one of the greatest masters in Korean art.

The museum, which also has a permanent modern and contemporary art collection, will provide a lecture program about symbols in traditional and modern art to elementary students, during the winter vacation. The lecture requires a separate subscription with a tuition fee of 200,000 won.

*Admission is 7,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1. For more information, call (02) 2014-6900,

By Moon So-young, Yonhap []
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