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Museum to host Korean Family Day

April 1, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will hold a Korean Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 2.  Held in conjunction with the exhibit “Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World,” the event will highlight various aspects of Korean culture and is free and open to the public.

The family-friendly event will feature a “poongmul” (Korean folk music) drum group and traditional Korean dancing by students and staff from the Korean School of Greensboro, as well as Tae Kwon Do demonstrations by students and staff from Tiger Kim’s Tae Kwon Do.

In addition, the event will include crafts, traditional games, storytelling and Korean snack foods.  Children will have the opportunity to make and decorate a drum and a Korean kite, learn “hanji” (Korean paper folding) and try simple Korean calligraphy.

The “Korean Funerary Figures” exhibit was organized by the Ockrang Cultural Foundation and was first featured at the Korea Society Gallery in New York City in 2007.  It is now on tour in the United States and will be on exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology through May 16. 

The exhibit features text in both English and Korean and showcases a collection of 74 “kkoktu.”  These 19th- and early 20th-century funerary figures are colorful, carved wooden figures depicting acrobats, clowns and mystical animals that were used to decorate funeral biers, the stands used to transport coffins to ancestral burial grounds. 

Admission to the museum and Family Day is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the museum at 758-5282 or visit

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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