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The full programme for the V+A’s Chuseok family day on 13 September

The Victoria & Albert Museum have released details of the treats in store on their Chuseok family day. It all looks fun, but if I could recommend one thing in particular: make a beeline for one of Sef Townsend’s story-telling sessions and you’ll be captivated – and the kids will love it too.

Chuseok: Korean Harvest Moon Festival

추석: 한국 가족 대축제
Sunday 13 September 11.00 – 17.00
Gather your family and join us to celebrate Chuseok, the Korean Harvest Moon
Festival, for a day of music, dance, storytelling, as well as art and design activities.
Free, drop-in and suitable for all the family

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Programme and events

Korean Traditional Games

11.00 – 17.00
Level 1, Raphael, Room 48a

Play and challenge your friends and family in the traditional games of yut nori, jegi chagi, tuho and paengi chigi: throw batons in the air, kick a jegi, pitch arrows, and unwind the spinning top.

The Imagination Station

11.00 – 17.00
Level 1, Korea, Room 47g

Korean artworks are often decorated with mythical animals and symbolic floral patterns. Spot the flying dragon, moonjar and graceful lotus flowers, then draw your own.

Pop-up Performance: Folktales of Korea

참여형 공연: 한국전래동화
11.00, 13.00 & 15.00 (duration 25 mins)
Level 2, Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b

Listen to the lively tale of the rabbit on the moon and other stories, then join the traditional circle dance of Ganggangsullae with storyteller Sef Townsend.

Drop-in Design: Create your own Korean Kite

디자인 체험: 연 만들기
11.00 – 17.00
Level 3, Lunchroom

Design and make your own yeon, Korean kite, with the obangsaek or five directional colours, then fly it high in the sky.

Hanbok Dressing Room

한복: 추석빔
11.00 – 17.00
Level 3, Learning Centre

Try on bright and colourful hanboks, traditional Korean clothes, and learn how to bow and give thanks to your ancestors.

Digital Kids: Secret Garden

디지털 키즈: 비원
11.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.30)
Level 3, Learning Centre

Dressed in hanbok, transport yourself to the Changdeokgung Palace, the Palace of Illustrious Virtue. Take a stroll in its Secret Garden with green screen photography, and take home a souvenir.

Pop-up Performance: The Bridge Korean Drummers

전통음악공연: 사물놀이
11.30, 13.30 & 15.30 (duration 15 min)
Level 1, The John Madejski Garden in fine weather (Level 4, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre in wet weather)

Celebrate the harvest festival with the vibrant and joyful rhythm of Samulnori, a form of folk percussion originating in the farmers’ music. The bold sounds call for the harmony between Heaven and Earth.

K-pop dance workshop

K-Pop 댄스 워크숍
12.00, 14.00 & 16.00 (30 mins)
Level 1, Raphael, Room 48a

Follow the fun and high energy moves of your K-Pop idols with the dynamic Team LoKo from the London K-Pop Dance Workshop. No previous experience required.
Places on a first come first served basis

Tour of the Korean Gallery

한국관 투어
12.00, 14.00 & 16.00 (duration 25 minutes)
Level 1, Korea, Room 47g

Discover the rich culture and traditions of Korea with a tour of the gallery led by a member of CreateVoice, the V&A young people’s collective.

Pop-up Performance: Traditional flute music

전통음악공연: 대금연주
12.30 & 14.30 (duration 25 min)
Level 2, Medieval & Renaissance, 64b

Hear the pure and expressive sounds of the daegeum, a large bamboo flute of mythical origin, believed to ward off enemies, bring peace and heal diseases in times of adversity. The captivating melody is played by the musician and composer Kim Hyelim.

Short film screenings

한국 애니메이션 감상
From 12.00
Level 2, Britain 1500 – 1760, Room 56

Watch Korean animated films with a selection chosen by DVDBANG.

Further information


Together with the Lunar New Year, Chuseok is the most celebrated folk festival in Korea. It is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, which boasts the brightest and fullest moon of the year. This festival marks the start of the harvesting season for fruits and grains.

Chuseok is a time when families gather, wear new clothes or hanboks, and perform various ancestral rites to offer prayers and thanks for a bountiful crop. Families share food and drinks made with the first harvest, and enjoy special games and music.

Photography will be taking place at this event.


시설 및 서비스

  • Buggy Park – available at Grand Entrance, ask staff for details.
  • Lifts to every floor and level access at the Grand Entrance
  • Half-price main meals for children under 10 in the Café. High chairs are provided in the main Café.
  • Packed lunches can be eaten in the garden and the Learning Centre Lunchroom.
  • Baby changing facilities in most toilets – look for the symbol on the map
  • Paddle in the water feature in the The John Madejski Garden in fine weather

V&A Family Art Fun

가족 예술 체험
The Museum has something for families to do daily so please come back and enjoy other events and activities. Back-packs and Trails are available every day from the Learning Centre on Level 3. Every Saturday join an interactive Pop-up Performance and on Sundays during term-time pick up a design challenge and bring your fantastic ideas to life in Drop-in Design.

During the school holidays join us for an extended programme of making, performance and digital events.

Find out about future family events at the V&A:

V&A 의 다양한 가족이벤트들을 찾아보시려면:
Sign up for our families e-newsletter:
Become a fan on Facebook:
Twitter: @V_and_A and #FamilyArtFun

V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident

V&A 삼성 한국 디지털 아트 레지던트
From 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016, Yiyun Kang will be the Museum’s first Korean artist in residence. You can visit her in her studio and learn about being a digital artist on Wednesday 14 & 28 October at 11 am and 2 pm. For more information visit and



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