Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea

Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea

Get immersed in South Korean culture through the lives of children in Seoul.

Ages
3+
Admission
Included with General Admission
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Location
First Floor
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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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About the Exhibit

Explore traditional folktales and read personal stories told by Korean children as you discover time-honored cultural values and life in South Korea’s highly urbanized and technologically-advanced society.

From visiting a high-rise apartment to hanging out in a K-Pop Studio, explore folktales, games and daily activities that show how values like respect for parents and elders; the importance of scholarship; loyalty to family, friends and community; and hospitality are all integral facets of 21st century Korean life.

Educators

Heart and Seoul allows kids to discover the ways their lives in the U.S. are similar and different to children in South Korea. Developed alongside local Korean-Americans, academics from universities around North America, and families in South Korea, Heart and Seoul highlights important aspects of Korean culture to Korean children and their families including folktales, traditional ceremonies and customs, language, music, geography, and technology.

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Ages
3+
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Make Believers
Techies & Gamers
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
Social Studies
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What Parents are Saying

“I’ve been to Korea many times, so this was cool. It’s good for me and my family to be able to share what I know and experience it in a fun way for them.”

Susie A.

Parent

What Parents are Saying

“It’s exposure to a new culture at a level they can understand. Sometimes it’s hard to have these big conversations about culture with kids and make the information relatable. This is a great way to get us talking.”

Felicia V.

Parent

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Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit—check out some of these unique activities!

Discover Korea

You don’t have to leave Houston.

Learn more at this interactive touch map located inside the Pavilion. Click and drag icons on the map to learn more about Korea’s history, culture, people and geography.

Send a Text

It’s easy to connect!

Learn more about children in South Korea by texting the five who are featured in the exhibit. Ask them about their lives and their interests and get responses back from them.

Find the Folktales

Stories that still resonate today.

Try and find the four featured folktales in the exhibit and what lessons can be learned from them. Head over to the classroom to discover even more folktale books.

What Can My Family Do?

Here are activity suggestions for specific age groups in this exhibit.

Toddler Activities

  • Read them a folktale in the Classroom.
  • Explore the pretend food in the Restaurant.

Preschooler Activities

  • Read a Folktale in the Classroom together.
  • Make a Kite.
  • Dance at the K-Pop Studio.
  • Dine at the Restaurant.

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Practice your moves at the Taekwondo Studio.
  • Practice the bowing ceremony in the Apartment.
  • Create a drawing at the Animation Studio.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Learn about South Korea at the Discover Korea Map.
  • Create a stop motion movie at the Animation Studio.
  • Learn hangul in the Classroom.

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