Korea is putting a lot of effort in cultural experience programs for foreigners. The Seoul Global Cultural Center is one of many facilities where foreigners can join special activities or cultural programs. I lately took part in their Korean seal making class which was held at the National Museum of Korea near Icheon station – FOR FREE. To participate, you only need to have a valid alien registration card.
I found this event on their Facebook page and directly registered online. A few days later they sent a confirmation email and explained how to reach the facility. The class lasted for two hours and was fully booked.
The organizers prepared the necessary tools and material, so I only had to find an empty seat and have fun.
We first had a power-point presentation in Korean, which was simultaneously translated into English. The presenter taught us about the Korean tradition of seals and then how to make one on our own.
We first had to write our name (or whatever we wanted to write) in Hangeul on a translucent piece of paper, since we needed to carve our name inversely.
We then had to place the blank seal in the frame to fix it. With a black pen we wrote our names on the seal and started carving. You need to have a steady hand and some strength for the making process.
Credits to Seoul Global Cultural Center
I highly recommend to take part in their activities. The organizers are friendly and speak good English. You will also learn something about Korean culture and their tradition, plus have some nice and unique souvenir as well. Just give it a try 🙂