Over the past year, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of joining some of the Korean Art Classes offered at the Daegu YMCA. They offer a variety of Korean Art Classes (free and paid) to help foreigners learn the Korean language and culture, including cooking, music, dance, art and language courses.

I’ve taken two cooking classes (kimchi and mandu) and two art classes (painting and bookbinding). The cooking classes were completely free and both were, to a degree, hands-on.

In September of this year, I joined my second art class at the Daegu YMCA. My first class was Minhwa (traditional painting) and the second was a Hanji (traditional paper) bookbinding class. Here are my finished products!

Korean Art Class - Bookbinding

Korean Bookbinding

The Hanji bookbinding class took four weeks and the only fee was for the supplies (35k won)-well worth it! Each week we made a different book, each with unique paper and binding techniques, all with the help of our lovely teacher. I absolutely loved this class and am looking forward to the next art class I take!

Here is a step-by-step look at one of the methods!

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The Daegu YMCA does a fantastic job offering language and culture classes for foreigners and members of the public. If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do, and want to learn a little Korean culture, check out one of their classes!

To learn more about the classes offered, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142604626843/ or email them at ymcatg@naver.com.