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DONG-LIM KNOT MUSEUM is a showcase of traditional Korean Maedeup (Knots) Art. Here, you can also learn first-hand how to make various ornamental knots the traditional way through do-it-yourself workshops.

It was established in April 2004 by traditional knot technique master, Sim Yeong-Mi. She learned the technique from her Father-in-Law, who learned it from her Great Aunt-in-Law, a knot technician in the palace during the last Joseon Dynasty. 


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The museum-workshop is located in a cool neighborhood and set in the traditional hanok style.

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There’s a display of different tassels and pendants – some are on exhibit only while some are for sale.

Traditional Korean Knots
(click here for a closer look)

These are examples of the different end-products of traditional Korean knot-making. 

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To really appreciate this beautiful tradition, I recommend creating your own piece.

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You can choose from these easy-to-make pieces, but we decided to do the necklace for KRW 10,000.

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Sim Yeong-mi demonstrates how to do the knots and communicates via sign language.

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The first step is to select your preferred round knot colors.

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You place them on a special needle to try out the different color combinations.

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Then you select the right color of string to use for your necklace.

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Sim Yeong-mi measures the length of the necklace based on an existing finished product. 

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They teach you how to properly tie a knot using the X technique.

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This knot should secure your colorful round knots in place.

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The assembling process is fun. It’s a good way to experience this beautiful tradition of Korean knot-making.

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The best part is being able to wear your necklace proudly. 🙂 

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You can also choose to wear it like a friendship bracelet if you want.

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Here’s the necklace I created using earth tones as pasalubong for Rache. 🙂 

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Here’s a photo of our group at the Dong-Lim Knot Workshop. It only took us 30 minutes to make our pieces.

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If you’re into arts & crafts and want to learn about traditional Korean knot-making techniques, this is the place to go to. 🙂

DONG-LIM KNOT WORKSHOP
11-7, Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si
Telephone: +82-2-3673-2778 (Korean)
• 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Note: Closed Every Monday
Admission Fees: Adult KRW 2,000 won | Children KRW 1,000 won
Websitehttp://www.shimyoungmi.com/

Related Blog Post: Dong-Lim Knot Museum (동림매듭공방) 

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P.S. Thank you to Korean Tourism Organization of Manila for the Asian On Air Program: Asia Power Bloggers Tour of South Korea! 감사합니다 Kamsahamnida!

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Walk down this road towards the knot museum.

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You should see this sign Dong-Lim Korean Maedup Museum.

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The road is in front of this garage coffee house.

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Welcome to the Dong-Lim Knot Museum and Workshop! 🙂