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Eye Level of the Beholder

So far, everyone has had something that really excited them about Seoul.

Volucris was delighted with the snow.


 

Aquila was elated to dress up as a Korean queen at the Children’s Museum in the Korean Folk Museum.


 
Lyra was enchanted by the exhibits at the Samsung Children’s Museum.
 

 
And Sagitta is completely fascinated by the front loading washing machine in our apartment.

 

Who knows what adventures await us during the second half of our stay?

Intelligence Re-Reframed

Doesn’t this look like Aquila is enjoying a lovely exhibit at the Samsung Children’s Museum?


 

And she is. Scenery, costumes, a monitor where you can see yourself as you perform. Perfect for kids.

Except. Oh, except.

It was part of an exhibit on Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory.

For kids.

Kids had the opportunity to explore exhibits of professions as seen through the lens of multiple intelligence theory: musician, actor, psychologist, architect, athlete, astronaut, copy writer, computer security engineer. There was even an area where you could print up a business card, naturally. This is Korea, after all. The business card is key.

There was very little signage in English, but I found this:

Did I mention this museum is for kids ages ten and under?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Because it’s never too early to start.

High Aptitude for Cuteness.

But seriously,
 

 
Doesn’t this make you want to have a little chat?

"So... tell me about your mother."


 
 

Samsinging Your Own Praise

When I say Samsung, the first thing that comes to your mind is the Children’s Museum, right?

Well, maybe it is if you read the previous post. But the first thing that comes to my mind is “big televisions and small cameras”. I didn’t realize they did anything else. That’s because before I came to Korea, I did not know what a chaebol was. Essentially, a chaebol is a giant conglomerate (which is why my cucumbers are Hyundais). And chaebols wisely have foundations that contribute to the community. Including one adorable children’s museum.

Now, as a fellow Westerner, you might think that this would mean that the entire museum would be covered in branding. I assumed that they would not let us forget for one moment who sponsored our lovely afternoon of educational and character building play.

I was wrong.

In the entire museum, only one exhibit in one area had any sign of branding, and even there it was unobtrusive. Score one for Asian modesty.

Another thing I noticed?

It was somewhat crowded.


 
Regardless, it wasn’t noisy. And the kids were kind and well behaved.

It made me a little homesick, really.
Also, the children at the museum were quite surprised when my kids weren’t able to speak to them in Korean, like civilized people.

Another thing that we noticed is that the majority of exhibits were geared toward children working together in order to get optimal results. The subtle emphasis on teamwork was refreshing.

(Somewhere out there, there’s a Korean mother who just went to a children’s museum in the US and blogged, “the subtle emphasis on individuality was refreshing”).

Something to know about the Samsung Children’s Museum is that it’s really geared to children 10 and under. I brought along the Kindle for Volucris. He’s reading Machiavelli. Yes, really.

He didn’t use it. He helped his sisters.

"How to load an air cannon"

And he used exhibits in ways the designers did not anticipate.

"How NOT to load an air cannon"

He might have been twelve inches older than the other kids there, but it didn’t stop him from having fun.

On signage.

What do you think this sign means?
We saw it today all over the Samsung Children’s Museum.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m pretty sure that parts 2 and 3 roughly translate as, “don’t let your kid wipe his snot all over our equipment”.

It’s amazing what you can understand even when you don’t understand.

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