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.
The museum-workshop is located in a cool neighborhood and set in the traditional hanok style.
There’s a display of different tassels and pendants – some are on exhibit only while some are for sale.
(click here for a closer look)
These are examples of the different end-products of traditional Korean knot-making.
To really appreciate this beautiful tradition, I recommend creating your own piece.
You can choose from these easy-to-make pieces, but we decided to do the necklace for KRW 10,000.
Sim Yeong-mi demonstrates how to do the knots and communicates via sign language.
The first step is to select your preferred round knot colors.
You place them on a special needle to try out the different color combinations.
Then you select the right color of string to use for your necklace.
Sim Yeong-mi measures the length of the necklace based on an existing finished product.
They teach you how to properly tie a knot using the X technique.
This knot should secure your colorful round knots in place.
The assembling process is fun. It’s a good way to experience this beautiful tradition of Korean knot-making.
The best part is being able to wear your necklace proudly. 🙂
You can also choose to wear it like a friendship bracelet if you want.
Here’s the necklace I created using earth tones as pasalubong for Rache. 🙂
Here’s a photo of our group at the Dong-Lim Knot Workshop. It only took us 30 minutes to make our pieces.
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
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Walk down this road towards the knot museum.
You should see this sign Dong-Lim Korean Maedup Museum.
The road is in front of this garage coffee house.
3 thoughts on “DONG-LIM KNOT WORKSHOP: Learning the Art of Traditional Korean Maedeup (Knots) @KTOManila”
I like making beads accessories, such as necklace, bracelet, earrings etc. Hopefully I could visit DONG-LIM KNOT WORKSHOP someday so I can learn more. 🙂
Do you have to sign up for a workshop or can you just go there whenever and make a bracelet?
Yes you can just go anytime
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