As a first foray into Korean culture, our group leader brought us to Korea House to help us better acclimate to what was in store for us in the coming two weeks.
The setting is priceless. A spectacular group of buildings house the complex, with an ample gift shop and courtyard for drum demonstrations. The garden is tranquil and calming, and wedding ceremonies can be housed there if you're ever interested.
The main building, which was at one time a private home (and a magnificent home it must have been), is used as a small reception area, dining facility, and the performance venue.
After being entertained in the courtyard by the drum demo, you are ushered in to the Korean feast. It's a visual delight of all things Korean--roasted, barbequed meats, kimchi, salads, marinated veggies, and many sweets till your heart and stomach cry "uncle!" from the delights.
As if this wasn't enough, the dance and musical performance follows! The colors, movement, and lyrical melodies were truly a delight. I was in awe of the rhythmic dancers and their visual masterpiece with their fans. Such perfection and grace is rarely seen. I couldn't have expected a more perfect first venture into Korean culture.
Sure, the Korea House is a mecca for tourists, but so be it. I would recommend it to all and would be happy to go again if ever in Seoul.