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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Korea

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Nine Cloud Dream

Digitized from VHS, this video re-tells a popular Korean folktale using a painted Korean screen from the collection of the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Korea Day: Wooden Fish Ensemble

The Wooden Fish Ensemble plays the music of Hyo-shin Na, including the world premiere of a new work based on A Meadow by Czeslaw Milosz for piano solo. Program includes commentary by Hyo-shin.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Joseon Dynasty Korea (1392–1910): Sources of Its Vitality

Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean history in the department of East Asian languages and civilizations and Director of Korea Institute, Harvard University, gives a talk on the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) in conjunction with the exhibition, In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty at the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

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Guardian King of the West

In this video, Buddhist monk artists, Seol-min (formerly known as Jae-u) and Myung Chun discuss Korean Buddhist art and paint the Guardian King of the West, which is now in the Asian Art Museum’s collection. This video also includes footage from a symbolic “eye-opening” ceremony, which took place at the museum on December 20, 2003.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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In Grand Style: Celebrating Korea

Join ABC7 and the Asian Art Museum as we travel to Korea to explore the origins of the artworks in the exhibition, In Grand Style: Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910), and how they continue to influence the food, travel, and lifestyle in Korea today.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Gathering Goods for the Marketplace

Students will research objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection and choose one that they think will earn the most money in the marketplace. Then, they will create a commercial to try to sell their object to the class using evidence as to why the object/idea was considered valuable at the time.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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A Confucian Scholar's House

An introduction to Korean Confucianism and related architecture.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Background Information

The Life of the Buddha

The Buddha—that is, the “Enlightened One”—lived nearly 2500 years ago in northern India. His followers have always seen his life as a shining example to all, but what “really happened” is now impossible to know for certain. Even the earliest stories of his life include miraculous events that may seem hard to take literally. Later versions are even more elaborate, and they differ from one another in many details.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Create a Lotus Lantern for the Lotus Lantern Festival

Students will: 1.) Learn that Buddhism is a religion founded by an enlightened young Indian prince who became the Buddha. 2.) Learn how the Buddha’s birthday, a national holiday, is celebrated in Korea. 3.) Discuss how the lotus flower is symbol of purity and wisdom. 3.) Construct a lotus blossom lantern.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)