Exhibit Dates: September 30, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The growing popularity of all things South Korean, from fashion and film to music and cuisine, called “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) is now on view. Discover an authentic modern-day Seoul:  adorned with the sparkle of electronic billboards, K-Pop studio glitz, smartphones for all-over use, and tablets for learning the language.

Traditional folktales, coupled with current day personal stories told by Korean children introduce visitors to time-honored cultural values that are still an integral facet of 21st century Korean life, including respect for elders; importance of education; loyalty; and hospitality.

What you’ll do:

  • “Text”  Korean kids questions about life in Seoul 
  • “Perform” with K-Pop stars in a K-Pop studio
  • Check out a stop-motion animation studio
  • Kick, punch and block as you try taekwondo
  • Learn how to speak and write Hangul
  • Visit historical and famous sites on an interactive multi-user touch table

The LICM residency of Heart & Seoul is part of an eight-city, four-year national tour.

Did you know? “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Avatar” were all created in Korean animation studios.

Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums and created by the Children’s Museum of Houston. Additional major funding has been provided by Samsung.