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[Well-curated weekend] Hanok bakery, sound art and old photos take you on a journey through time, space

Visitors enjoy their stay at Hyegyeonggung Bakery on September 29. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

If you’re a hanok lover or a dessert freak, the hanok-themed Hyegyeonggung Bakery is the place to visit as a chill creeps into the air.

From fascinating desserts to a large garden for you to stroll through, Hyegyeonggung Bakery has everything to make for a quality weekend getaway.

Located in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, about 40 kilometers south of Seoul, the three-story bakery offers unique pastries, muffins, cakes, croissants and more. Taste the sweet apple jam and cream cheese in Apple Bread, a star product.

Visitors pull out their cameras to take pictures of the bakery’s newest baby, Baby Butt, a cream cheese pastry, and Montblanc cream.

Sweet desserts are on display at Hyegyeonggung Bakery.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Sweet desserts are on display at Hyegyeonggung Bakery. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

The bakery offers a wide range of beverages including coffee, tea, fruit and more.

After paying for the food, visitors have only two choices: sit on the second and third floors of the bakery or head to the outdoor seating.

Visitors can enjoy the hanok-style interior or enjoy the cool autumn air, warm sunshine, and scent of the pine trees with the outdoor seating.

Apple bread from Hyegyeonggung Bakery (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Apple bread from Hyegyeonggung Bakery (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

After you have had your fill, do not hesitate to stroll in nature near the bakery, where small stalls line the path.

Hyegyeonggung Bakery is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

The bakery is full on weekends. A good time to visit is just before lunch, as many baked goods will be sold out later in the afternoon, an employee suggested.

An installation view of Kim Joon

A view of Kim Joon’s “Valuable Sounds” installation at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province (Park Yuna/The Korea Herald)

Sound Art at MMCA Cheongju

Sometimes you remember a space by sound.

The “MMCA Cheongju Project 2022: Urban Resonance” exhibition, currently running through November 27, features sound art offering visitors a chance to experience the everyday spaces we live in through sound. The works are displayed in an outdoor space on the first and sixth floors of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province.

As part of the exhibition, four cabins are set up on the grassy esplanade of the museum.

An installation view of Kim Joon

A view of Kim Joon’s “Valuable Sounds” installation at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province (Park Yuna/The Korea Herald)

Sitting inside a cabin, you can enjoy the beautiful autumn weather while listening to the sounds Kim collected from the natural surroundings of South Jeolla Province, Gangwon Province, Australia and New Zealand for several years. “Valuable Sounds”, installations accompanied by photographs he took in these places, offer an opportunity for meditation.

For the aural experience of a city, head to the Team Triad exhibit. Meanwhile, Seo-ryang presents two works reminiscent of the old museum building — a cigarette factory. “From Cheongju to Kyiv” by Kwon Byung-jun is an audio augmented reality work.

A photo of a student posing at the Geumgwangdang Photo Studio in the 1920s (Photographic Archive Research Institute)

A photo of a student posing at the Geumgwangdang Photo Studio in the 1920s (Photographic Archive Research Institute)

Back to ancient Korea

An exhibition exploring the material culture of photography in Seoul opened last week at the Seoul Metropolitan Archives located in Eunpyeong-gu, north of Seoul.

“Photo Studios and Photo Labs” chronicles the development of photographic technology and the history of the Korean photographic industry by examining the archives of photo studios and photographic equipment dealers.

The exhibition focuses on the period from 1883 to 1961. The year 1883 was when photography was first introduced to Korea, and in 1961 photography-related organizations were merged into a single association. , the Korea Photographic Society. The name was changed to Photo Artists Society of Korea in the 1970s.

During this period, Myeong-dong and Jongno were photo studio centers. Photo studios played a special role for all these important moments in life as people took portrait photos to mark these important moments.

A portrait photo of a student taken at the Kyung Sung Photo Studio in the 1920s (Research Institute of Photographic Archives)

A portrait photo of a student taken at the Kyung Sung Photo Studio in the 1920s (Research Institute of Photographic Archives)

A joint project of the Seoul Metropolitan Archives and the Photographic Archives Research Institute, the exhibition highlights different aspects of photography in Seoul beyond the concept of photography as a recording medium.

The Archives is to hold educational programs related to photography on November 11 and December 9. The November 11 program will focus on analog photo restoration while the December 9 conference will focus on black and white photo printing. Reservations can be made on the Seoul Metropolitan Archives official website on a first-come, first-served basis starting October 28.

“Photo Studios and Photo Labs” runs until October 8, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed every Monday.

For more information, visit the Seoul Metropolitan Archives official website.

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