Seoul Opera House
This is one of my favourite buildings in Seoul – the opera house at the Seoul Art Centre. Korean historical drama fans will notice that the roof of the building is shaped like the headwear (갓) worn by the aristocratic yangban in the Joseon period (see below).
Ji Jin Hee as King Sukjeong dressed as a yangban in Dong Yi, MBC
Calligraphy Museum, Seoul
It was a rainy day on Saturday so a good opportunity to spend the afternoon indoors looking at the exhibition of this year’s calligraphy competition winners at the Calligraphy Museum. I wanted to have a look around to get some inspiration as I’m still only on lesson 2 of my calligraphy learning experience in Seoul. There was a mixture of hangul artwork, hanja, and my newly learnt word – sagunja: ink paintings of bamboo, chrysanthemum, plum, or orchid. All the work, from tiny meticulously written characters in perfectly straight vertical rows to large powerful individual characters, was mounted on scrolls and hung around the walls of the two floors of exhibition space.
I did feel inspired when I left the exhibition. And now back to reality…
At my second calligraphy class after warming up first with horizontal and vertical lines just like last week, I was allowed to move on to the first stroke.
They should really look more like this below. At the moment my strokes are too weak and pointy at the top and don’t curve nicely at the bottom either. And they are all different shapes and sizes. I’ll have to work on this at home this week…