How your Korean grandpa used to live
Grandfather's House: An Exhibition on Korea" re-creates a full-scale replica of a home in which visitors explore life in rural Korea during the 1930s. The house represents a traditional single-story dwelling with a tile roof, a courtyard, and a hands-on kitchen, period furnishings and decor. The layout of the house reflects the gender division of work and life, with separate areas for the men and women of the household. A mural painted by Hyo-Chung Yoo illustrates the work and games to which rural Korean residents would have contributed. Visitors may try on traditional Korean clothing while exploring the exhibit.
The Newark Museum in New Jersey created the exhibition in 1995. It traveled to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The Lyman Museum is the final stopover for the exhibit, where it will be on view through this year.
Lyman Museum, 276 Haili Street, Hilo, is open 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. Information: 935-5021.
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