Yongsan officials visit museum neighbor
April 5, 2013
SEOUL, Republic of Korea -- The National Museum of Korea was established in 1945, and relocated in 2005 to Yongsan district, right next door to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The museum has attracted an attendance of 20 million visitors and is committed to several studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history and art.
Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, gladly accepted the invitation from National Museum of Korea to view the art exhibition, 'Art Across America,' Apr. 4. He said he enjoyed the collection and hopes to be a good neighbor with the organization he can see from his office.
"This is my first time visiting the museum, and it confirms my thoughts as I look at it from the garrison each day," Masley said. "It is one of the best museums I have ever seen, and I am very glad to be here today."
Dr. Kim Youngna, director of the National Museum of Korea, welcomed Masley and shared her thoughts about developing more programs and services for U.S. service members. She wants to create a special modern art lecture for U.S. military officers, NCOs, spouses and families.
Both parties expressed a desire to strengthen relations and to keep working cooperatively. A luncheon followed the exhibit tour. Although this was Masley's first visit, the garrison and the museum have been building and maintaining a strong partnership for years.
In 2012, approximately 600 Seoul American Elementary School students learned more about Korean culture and made a crown during a trip to the Children's museum. The National Museum also frequently supports the garrison with a guided tour offered to American newcomers in Yongsan who attend the Army Community Service (ACS) Civilian and Military Newcomers Orientation Tour.
Hee-Jeong Kim, international relations coordinator at the cultural relations and publicity department, said she also looks forward to interact more with garrison personnel.
"Interactions between the garrison and the museum are great opportunities for both of us," Kim said. "I hope to organize more events to provide good opportunities to exchange culture between Korea and U.S."