Wednesday, December 30, 2015



A special exhibition titled “Rubens and Other Masters” is a real treat to visit at the National Museum of Korea, which features a collection of pieces from the Liechtenstein Museum, including major works by the acclaimed 17th century painter Peter Paul Rubens.
The other artists featured are from the Renaissance period, Baroque and Biedermeier eras.
The collection includes some 120 paintings, sculptures, crafts and tapestries from Europe.  
Upon entering the gallery the decor took my breath away.

I was so pleasantly surprised to see so many wonderful paintings and I was so mesmerized by how life-like they looked. Even after returning home, the feeling of wonder stayed with me - I highly recommend a visit - I'm sure you won't be disappointed.  

How to find the National Museum of Korea

As soon as you exit Gate number 2 from Ichon station (Line 1 and Line 4), it takes, roughly, 7 minutes on foot. 

You need to look for the building as shown in the above picture. This exhibition runs until April,  2016.

If you are hungry or feel like a cuppa during your visit why don't you try the snack bar or cafe next to the exhibition building. 

Their price ranges are from 3000 won ~6000 won.

Th entrance and the gift-shop is located at corner in side of the building - here you may buy post-card prints or other gifts which make your happy moments at the Museum linger. You can find miniature prints and cards from Ruben and the other Masters you saw in the exhibition.

Here is a selection of my favourite gifts from the gift-shop as well as the picture of the actual daughter of Ruben. 


A tour of the historical roots of Europe's royal and aristocratic art collection culture is located in the 'art room.'

As it says, the house of Liechtenstein( a family of noble princes from the principality of Liechtenstein) has collected all of this exhibitions artworks for around 300 years and has been a key role of Europe's royal courts.

A collector's gallery

The Madonna and Child

Escaping into Egypt

The virgin worshipping the child 'Jesus'

A jar for fragrance

A castle

The principality of Liechtenstein was formed in 1719 from the lordship of Schellenberg ann country of Vaduz by decree of Holy Emperor Charles VI. Members of its ruling family the House of Liechtenstein,  generally resided in Vienna, the main seat of the Habsburg Monarchy.

In conclusion of seeing this wonderful unspeakable artworks, I have to thank to Ruben and the Liechtenstein.  It was unforgettable moments of fantasy and history of middle age

For more information

From 12/ Dec 2015 - 10/ Apr 2016

Place: National Museum of Korea

Contact : 1688 - 9891

Saturday, December 26, 2015

한와담 (Han Wa Dam) - The unforgettable experience of Grilled Korean Beef "Hanwoo"

Korean beef "Hanwoo" is the most popular and representative food in Korea. Last week, I was invited to 한와담 (Han Wa Dam) to have my first try on "Hanwoo".

The restaurant is located at Han Nam Dong, 15-20 minutes walking time from Han Nam (한남) Subway Station.The restaurant is mainly decorated in black color with a charming bar table. This is the second branch of 한와담 which opened for about one year. The first branch was opened two years ago which is also located nearby.
I ordered Aged Tenderloin and Aged Sirloin. Aged Tenderloin - KRW 37,000 Aged Sirloin 160g - KRW 36,000

All the beef are served on a iron plate for grilling.  The chefs are always standby to cook and serve for you. The main concept of 한와담 is the service form the chefs, and the communication between the customers and the chefs. As the beef includes both the thick and thin parts in the same slice, it is too difficult for the customers to grill by themselves. That's why the restaurant provides this service to the customers. Moreover, different chefs may have their own little method to grill the beef, so be surprised by the taste and texture! 

Aged Tenderloin is a softer texture with full of meat juice inside. Aged Sirloin is more focused on the biting texture. Please have a try of both of these to feel the differences. Furthermore, Instead of olive or peanut oil, they use beef kidney's oil as the base to grill the meat. Therefore, beef turns out with a better and superior taste. Pink color inside and brown outside. Meat is so juicy and soft in medium rare cooked. Please drip some salts on, or have a try of the restaurant own green mustard sauce. They are perfect matches!

A highlight of the meal is the Imsil Cheese. The cheese is made in domestic factory in North Jeolla Province. Although mozzarella cheese can't be grilled, this Imsil Cheese is well-grilled on the iron plate. Besides, the side sides are so fresh and yummy. Like the green onion is sweet and sour at the same time, the taste is so surprise! The restaurant provides other side dishes, like the grilled seafood. As the first time experiences to have the Hanwoo, I was super satisfy and really want to go again~!

Here is the menu:

한와담 (Han Wa Dam)
Address: 76-5 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Tel: 02-749-1105 Opening Hour: 11:30 - 23:30 (15:00-17:00 Break Time)

Picture: Cathy Ma
Text: Vivian Sing

D Museum illumination show

The D Museum in Hannam dong is a delight not only to your sense of aesthetics, but also to your eyes. Using a collection of beautiful art techniques, the artists have captured people's curiosity as well as their joy. The artifacts vary from a series of hanging papers, to rotating lines, to bar typed lightening rods. 

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