South Korea #5 – Mr. Kim Jong-heung, the famous Wood Carver from Hahoe- December 2014

March 30, 2019
One of the greeting committees entering the Hahoe area.

The greeting committees entering the Hahoe Folk Village area.

Driving into the Hahoe Folk village visitor parking area where we would camp for a couple of nights, we noticed some interesting woodcarvings and Korean style “totem poles”.

Mr. Kim Jong-heung had just finished this carving.

Mr. Kim Jong-heung had just finished this carving.

We later met the artist, Mr. Kim Jong-heung, who, as it turns out, is quite famous, having presented his works to Queen Elizabeth II on her 73rd birthday and even to both Presidents Bush.

Throughout Hahoe you stumble upon a variety of interesting wood sculptures. We do not know if Mr. Kim Jong-heung created them all but many seemed to have his subtle creative touches.

He invited us for tea and oven roasted sweet potatoes in his shop. After meeting his family and seeing his many carvings he kindly presented us with the token gift, a smaller version of his large totem poles more suitable for packing in our truck. 

Mr. Kim Jong-heung carefully selected a special carving for us to take home to California.

Mr. Kim Jong-heung carefully selected a special carving for us to take home to California.

Adjacent to the visitors’ parking lot we also discovered a fabulous mask museum. The masks were not only from Korea but from all around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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