From October 5 to December 31, Konkuk University museum holds a new temporary exhibition. Funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the museum came up with a new exhibition to show how Korean ancestors lived with luck symbols in daily lives. The exhibition displays wooden, stone, and clay types of Tteok-sal, which are pattern makers for Tteok, the traditional Korean dessert. KU museum owns the largest amount of ceramic Tteok-sal of the Joseon dynasty in all of Korea. These Tteok-sal were once exhibited by the National Folk Museum of Korea.
Tteok itself is used to celebrate special events like cakes and mooncakes are used in other cultures. Hence, many people get to eat or use various patterns of Tteok from their birth to death. Every Tteok-sal on the Tteok has a different meaning, yet all of them wish people all the best: health, longevity, wealth, and fortune. Therefore, Tteok-sal overarched throughout our ancestors’ lives and they even imbued positivity. The KU museum curator hoped the viewers can experience this positivity, especially amid the pandemic.
On top of this, a Hanbok designer, Kim Jeong-ye, also shared Hanbok with Tteok-sal patterns on. Although the museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, the VR exhibition is available on the Konkuk University Museum website. Additionally, the museum uploaded a video of detailed features of Tteok-sal on Youtube.
Heo Cha-ryeong, Cub-reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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