Yongsan hopes to exchange culture through neighbor
SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- The National Museum of Korea was established in 1945 and was relocated in 2005 to Yongsan district, right next door to the Yongsan garrison. The museum has attracted an attendance of 20 million visitors and has been committed to various studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history, and art.
Michael E. Masley, garrison commander at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, gladly accepted the invitation from National Museum of Korea to watch an art exhibition, 'Art Across America'. Masley enjoyed the art exhibition and hoped to become a good neighbor with the museum, Apr. 4.
"This is my first time visiting the museum, and as I thought when I glanced at the museum from the garrison, it sure is one of the best museums I have ever seen," Masley said. "I am glad to be here today."
Even though this was Masley's first visit, the garrison and the museum have been building and maintaining a good partnership for quite a while.
Last year, approximately 600 Seoul American Elementary School students learned more about Korean culture and made a crown at the Children's museum.
Also, the National Museum supported the garrison with an guided tour several times for American newcomers to Yongsan who attended the Army Community Service program.
Dr. Kim Youngna, director of the National Museum of Korea, welcomed Masley and shared her thoughts about developing more programs and services for U.S. Service members. She said she wants to make a special modern art lecture for U.S. military officers, NCOs, spouses and families.
Hee-Jeong Kim, international relations coordinator at the cultural relations and publicity department, said she also looks forward to interact more with garrison personnel.
"Interactions that the garrison and the museum had were great opportunities for both of us," Kim said. "I hope to organize more events to provide good chances to exchange culture between Korea and U.S."
Both parties expressed a desire to strengthen relations and to keep working cooperatively. Following the art exhibition, luncheon shared by garrison and museum staff members concluded the visit.