Daegaya Museum

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Any ex-pat in South Korea worth her kimchi knows about the “big three” ancient kingdoms of Korea — Silla, Baekje, and Goguryeo.  However, not far from lovely Daegu, are the remains of a smaller ancient kingdom known as Dae-gaya, which was later invaded and absorbed into the more powerful Silla kingdom.

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My adult students, as is their wont, occassionally decide we should forego an English class and instead take a “field trip,” so off we went to the Daegaya Museum built at the foot of a series of burial mounds about an hour west of Daegu.  Also, lunch.

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Korean museums tend to do a good job of being kid-friendly, and even on a weekday you’re going to run into tons of school and hagwon groups out for a day of adventure.

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I wonder how the teachers and museum guides broach perhaps the most controversial aspect of Daegaya culture — the practice of human sacrifice when a king died.  Similar to ancient Egypt, no small number of his aides and soldiers and cooks and concubines were expected to be buried with his passing eminence.  Very grim.

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Overall, another great day out with my adult students and a little personal edumacation as to one of the lesser-known bits of ancient Korean history.

Also, lunch:

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We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall famous for galchi-tang, or knife-fish soup.  The soup was ok, but the galchi-gui was better (grilled style).

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