10, Bukchon-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opened in April 2004, Donglim Knot Museum exhibits a variety of decorative traditional Korean maedeup (knots): norigae for hanbok, belts, pouches, as well as materials like thread, cord, and accessories. Housed in a hanok, a traditional Korean house, the gallery has a variety of exhibits, including old and new artwork, and creations that reflect modern trends.
The museum also operates a maedeup (traditional Korean knot) class taught by an apprentice of museum curator Sim Yeong-mi. Lessons are available in a one-day program as well as in a long-term program. To participate, call (+82-2-3673-2778, Korean only) at least two days in advance. The classes operate from 10:00 - 18:00 and have a maximum capacity of 12 people. Instructions are given only in Korean, so foreigners are advised to come with a local guide.
61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu is the second largest aquarium in Korea and is a landmark of the southern province with a record of about 1 million visitors every year. There are approximately 34,000 marine organisms of about 280 species including rare animals such as beluga (white whale) and baikal seal.
808, Seongnam-daero, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opened on October 14, 2005 and operated by Seongnam Cultural Foundation, Seongnam Art Center is oriented towards cutting-edge performance and exhibition art as well as local-friendly cultural site. The art center operates three performance halls (Opera House, Concert Hall, and Ensemble Theater) and Exhibition Hall (Cube Art Gallery, Gallery 808, Bandal Gallery, Permanent Gallery). The center has become host to a variety of cultural events, from Korea's first introduced performance, Seongnam-si sole performance, self-produced works, region-friendly program and other creative cultural contents. Also the art center operates diverse facilities such as Seongnam Media Center, Central Park Outdoor Performance Hall, Book Theme Park, International Musical Instrument Exhibition Hall and others to get closer to the joy of citizens' daily life. Its varied projects support culture and art, including Sarangbang Culture Club which became a famous cultural brand representing Seongnam and established the foundation to communicate and enjoy cultural arts. Anyone can participate in the creative education program at Seongnam Media Center and Academy.
44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Ssamzigil, opened on December 18, 2004, has been called the "Special Insa-dong within Insa-dong." This unique area was designed in such a way as to connect each charming level together in the form of a spiraling walkway. Enjoy window-shopping in the cozy stores until you reach the top, where you will arrive at Sky Garden. Here, you can get a extraordinarily clear view of the sky. Ssamzigil covers 42,700sq. ft. with over 70 shops including handicraft stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more.
45, Hyoja-ro 13-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a space to learn about Korean culture and the history of former Korean presidents. The area is comprised of a planned exhibition hall where various special exhibitions are held. Korea Tourism Exhibit Hall and a special hall with hidden stories of Cheong Wa Dae are on the first floor, while Cheongwadae Hall which introduces former Korean presidents and Citizens Communication Experience Hall which presents government online contents are on the second floor.
186, Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Gyeongju National Museum is loved by visitors and residents alike as it houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla dynasty (57 BC - AD 935). The museum recently went through renovation, and the galleries and the exhibition halls have taken on a new look. In addition to improving facilities for visitors' convenience, Gyeongju National Museum is making efforts to contribute to the community and re-establish its identity as a museum by making efforts to provide lifelong learning opportunities and improve management. As a significant cultural center, Gyeongju National Museum not only strives to preserve, exhibit, and research the rich history and culture of Silla, but it also strives to take a leap forward to become a cultural multi-complex center by promoting international exchange opportunities, social education programs, and a variety of special exhibitions.
16, Sinheung-gil, Nohak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
The city of Sokcho has a unique local culture. Sandwiched between Mt. Seoraksan and the East Sea, it experiences both the lifestyle of the mountains and the sea. It is influenced by the Abai Village, which was a settlement created by North Korean refugees during the Korean War. The unique folk cultures can be viewed at the Sokcho City Museum and the Displaced Civilians Folk Village. Visitors can also experience seasonal rituals and events, North Korean cultural programs, and other museum cultural programs.
43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Jeongdong Theater is located along Deoksugung Doldam-gil. The theater serves as a cultural hub for locals citizens.
Opened on June 17, 1995, Jeongdong Theater is historically significant as it was established to restitute the legacy of Wongaksa, the first modern theater in Korea. Jeongdong Theater features numerous critically-acclaimed productions, such as “Traditional Art Performance,” “Masters Exhibition,” and “Art Frontier,” as well as programs like “Art Stage at Noon” that are geared toward the general public. As a result, Jeongdong Theater has become one of Korea's representative traditional arts performance theaters and was designated as a Seoul Future Heritage in 2015..
The theater successfully held the performance “Miso” in 2010, featuring the traditional musical "Love Songs from Chunhyang," written and created by Jeongdong Theater. The musical attracted many international visitors from all over the world, passing on Korean cultural values and beauty, as well as gaining attraction by critics worldwide. In addition, the theater also produced "The 2nd Story of Miso: Baebijang-jeon," offering a modern interpretation of the fundamental values found in Korea's culture and art.
176, Odaesan-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Located within Woljeongsa Temple in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, Woljeongsa Museum was founded in October 1999, and began displaying treasures and artifacts from some 60 plus temples in the southern part of Gangwon region. Currently, the museum houses Sangwonsa Temple’s Jungchanggwonseonmun (National Treasure No. 292) and Woljinseokbo (Treasure No. 745), the remains of Octagonal nine-story pagoda (National Treasure No. 48), and many other treasures.
70, Useok-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Opened on October 30, 2002, the Chuncheon National Museum is a storehouse of the cultural heritage of Gangwon-do Province. It preserves and exhibits the archaeological and artistic treasures of the region, which range in date from the prehistoric era to modern times, and serves as a vital center for academic research and education. In 2003, the museum building was selected as the “Best Architecture of the Year.” The building is a beautiful cultural space with an elegant and modern exterior that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountain setting. The museum also features an auditorium with 230 seats, an outdoor performance stage, a seminar room with simultaneous interpretation facilities, rooms for hands-on programs, and a library.
994-19, Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Ganghwa History Museum opened in 2010, and is located inside Ganghwa Dolmen Park, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Historic Site No. 137.
The museum aims to exhibit, preserve and educate about the history and culture of Ganghwa from prehistoric ages to modern times based on artifacts from the area.
40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Expounding upon the center of just providing information, K-Style Hub also aims to provide various opportunities to learn about Korean culture and food, as well as easily participate in traditional experiences. K-Style Hub has information to meet all tourists' needs, from a tourist information center to a hallyu experience, Korean cuisine exhibition and experience hall, medical tourism information and more.