Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Take a Field Trip Back to the 1970s

Credit: korea1970.co.kr

Currently ongoing until February 28, 2012 is a cultural exhibit depicting Korea in the 1970s, featuring reconstructed lifestyle spaces and music from the times. For those who wish to take a look, here’s some information from Seoulist:

Experience Korean pop culture history at This is Korea 1970kHz | Through Feburary 28
History comes to life in this experiential exhibition of vintage Korea. Engage your eyes and ears (hence the reference to kilohertz) at Sejong Art Center, where one exhibition hall has been meticulously retrograded into Korea of the ‘70s. Meander through the alleys decked with hand-painted signs and faded awnings. The electronics in the “Time Machine” zone and typical home interiors of yesteryear will make you feel nostalgic for bygone days, even if you weren’t around for it. Visit Interpark not just for tickets, but an overview of the entire experience, including the exhibition layout and DJ performance schedule (see “Special Program” below). Sejong Performing Arts Center, Exhibition Hall 1. 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Admission 12,000 won for adults, 8,000 for children or 8,000 per person for a family of three or more. Tickets at Interpark (Korean only).

Special Program: Every evening at 7 p.m., general admission closes and legendary DJs and radio hosts take the mic and take requests while visitors walk down memory lane and enjoy dabang style coffee in true ‘70s fashion. This weekend’s special appearance is by “Korea’s First DJ,” Choi Dong-wook (최동욱). 20,000 won package includes exhibition admission, special program and coffee.

I love the idea of this exhibit. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the nostalgic, but I love the idea of getting to know a time, not just a place, far from our own. Time changes as much as space, and sometimes the difference is even more impacting when it’s a time plausible in our mind. Not too far off, the 70s mark a time before I was born and the prime youth of my parents. This decade was a big developmental period for South Korea, with President Park Jeong Hee (박정희) and industrialization, the nation still working to recover from war devastation. I would have loved to check the Korea 1970kHz exhibit out and gain a greater understanding of the older generations’ experience.

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