heart and seoul, growing up in korea

T he growing popularity of all things Korean, from fashion and film to music and cuisine, has swept up the Children’s Museum of Houston.  From Nov. 15, 2014 to May 10, 2015, the Children’s Museum of Houston will ride “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) with the debut of a brand new exhibit that digs right into the heart and soul of the culture.  Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea aims to bring modern-day South Korea to Houston.  Part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea premieres nationally at the Children’s Museum of Houston and will then travel to eight cities within the next four years. 

K-Pop’s (Korean Pop) mainstream growing popularity, as well as Korean soap operas across Japan, Southeast Asia and the globe, represent only a minute reflection of the bustling, fast-paced, overwhelming, hip and trendy, mindboggling, multisensory experience that is like living and growing up in South Korea.  In Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea, five modern-day Korean kids will open their hearts and invite you to take an intimate look into their lives through their diverse interests, customs and ambitions, including their love of K-Pop and Korean cuisine, their habit of texting to communicate, and even their dreams of being accepted into a good college; their drive is what keeps them studying after school at "hagwon" (or cram school) until midnight!  You’re invited to connect to the world’s “most wired country,” where there’s plenty of Wi-Fi and almost everyone owns a Samsung cell phone!  



The Children’s Museum of Houston is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children.  Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org