Korea in New-York 1964-1965
Oriental teahouse, with traditional peaked wooden roof, is linked with a
concrete pavilion of free-flowing contemporary lines, linking the Korea
of yesterday and today.
Within the pavilion, ancient art and folk dances are on view along with products for sale from South Korea's rebuilt industries.
In the teahouse, waitresses in flowing silk robes serve delicacies from the nation's 2000 year old cuisine.
A sculptered welcome.
Above the entrance to the area is a contemporary wood sculpture
suggesting old Koeran calligraphy. Inside the main building, grasscloth,
silk and other fabrics from modern Korea hangfrom the curved walls
among paintings, carvings and ornamental screens many centuries old.
on sale include dolls in native dress, brass and lacquer ware and
embroidered silks. Guides also take orders for 800 listed product.
Dancing drummer girls.
In a harpershaped auditorium, costumed entertainers offer folk dances;
in one traditional favorite, girls sing and dance while tapping on drums
slung from thier shoulders. Also in the auditorium, films and slides
show life in contemporary Korea.
Tower of treasures.
Standing in between the two buildings is a replica of the Tabo Pagoda,
or Tower of Many Treasures. Built in Kyongju, Korea's capital during its
Golden Age, the Sixth Century pagoda is considered a masterpiece of
Oriental carved stonemasonry.
teahouse serves individual dishes or complete meals. One of the
specialties is Kimchi, a mixture of spiced and pickled vegetables which
has been seasoned underground in huge jars.