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Lee Young Hee Museum of Korean Culture
Tue-Fri, 1:30pm-6pm; Sat, 2pm-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.
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$5, $3 students
This inconspicuous museum, tucked away on the third floor of a Koreatown office building, was founded in 2004 by Korean fashion designer Lee Young Hee for the purpose of exposing Americans to traditional Korean culture. The museum consists mostly of what used to be Ms. Lee’s personal collection of eighteenth-century Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), ornaments, and small objects used in daily life, such as buttons, chopstick cases, and mirrors. The clothing collection includes ceremonial pieces worn by members of the court and offers some insight into what “common folk”—such as shamans and “entertaining girls”—wore during the later half of the Joseon dynasty. The museum hosts lectures, arts-and-crafts classes (such as paper-folding and fabric-dyeing), and a regular Korean tea ceremony, though these are only publicized via an e-mail list.Museum Shop & Boutique
Visitors can browse through a selection of fans, key chains, bookmarks, and the like at the museum shop. The small workshop next to the museum doubles as a boutique where Lee Young Hee custom-designs Hanbok-inspired outfits for weddings and special events.