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Woljeongsa Museum (월정사 성보박물관)

Woljeongsa Museum (월정사 성보박물관)

1     2019-02-15

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.

Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관(서소문본관))

Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관(서소문본관))

131436     2019-02-15

61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) is a modern art museum conveniently located in the Deoksugung Palace area near Jeongdong Theater and Nanta Theater.

SeMA is a 3-story building with 6 exhibition halls, a lecture hall for educational programs, and a library where art-related books, magazines, and visual reference materials are available to the public. In one of the exhibition halls is a permanent collection titled "The Soul of Chun Kyung Ja," an exhibition of the works of the famous Korean artist Chun Kyung Ja.

An art museum popular among both locals and visitors, SeMA holds internationally renowned exhibitions twice a year and has hosted Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pompidou, and many other famous collections.

Chuncheon Culture & Art Center (춘천문화예술회관)

Chuncheon Culture & Art Center (춘천문화예술회관)

8008     2019-02-15

13, Hyojasang-gil 5beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-259-5841

Chuncheon Culture & Art Center (CCAC) is a leading performing and visual arts center located in the city of Chuncheon. The auditorium holds up to 1,004 seats including 989 regular seats and 15 seats for people with disabilities. Various performances and exhibitions are held throughout the year in order to offer diverse cultural experiences to the citizens.

Geomdan Prehistory Museum (인천 검단선사박물관)

Geomdan Prehistory Museum (인천 검단선사박물관)

3761     2019-02-15

7, Gosanhu-ro 121beon-gil, Seo-gu, Incheon
+82-32-440-6790

In 1999, the area of Geomdan carried out the excavation for cultural relics. As a result of the excavation, various relics and remains from the Bronze Age and Old Stone Age to the Joseon Period were found and as a result the Geomdan Prehistory Museum was built on November 27, 2008.

The Museum showcases the lifestyle of prehistoric times and also has hands-on programs.

Suyanggae Prehistory Museum (수양개선사유물전시관)

Suyanggae Prehistory Museum (수양개선사유물전시관)

2806     2019-02-15

390, Suyanggaeyujeok-ro, Jeokseong-myeon, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
+82-43-423-8502

Suyanggae Prehistory Museum boasts itself as the largest prehistoric site in Korea. The museum contains a multitude of remains, especially stone toolkits, of the late Stone Age and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone toolkits were discovered by a museum of Chungbuk National University while the team was on the project to excavate historical remains around the site that were submerged due to the construction of Chungju Dam. The museum provides detailed explanations and maps marked for the prehistorical sites in Danyang. Visitors can learn the life and wisdom of Paleolithic man in the museum.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA  Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

34786     2019-02-14

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2188-6114

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung was originally built as an annex to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. It specializes in seeking out and researching modern art, and also in exhibiting and preserving it. You can see classical works of modern art when you visit National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung. Because it uses the Seokjojeon annex inside the Deoksugung Palace as its exhibition space, the center maintains a unique traditional atmosphere. On the first floor are the administrative office and the audiovisual room, and the second floor has planned exhibitions of modern art in exhibition rooms one and two. The third floor has exhibitions three and four, where works selected as best modern art by the National Museum of Contemporary Art are displayed all year around. You can see modern works such as paintings in Indian ink, colorings, oil paintings, and sculptures. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung has "Art Center With the Citizens" as its motto. Besides the exhibitions, the center has various performances such as music and mime. Lectures or seminars on artists' works are also held often and are popular with tourists. The "Citizen's Park" outside the museum is frequented by many people who go there to relax. Tourists can take a breather here as well, so be sure to make use of it.

COEX Artium (코엑스아티움)

COEX Artium (코엑스아티움)

82271     2019-02-14

513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
+82-2-6000-0114

Established by Korea International Trade Association and COEX, COEX Artium is a spacious muscial performance hall with over 800 seats. High quality and diverse musical or theatrical performances are held year-round to satisfy both Korean and international visitors. Foreign language services (English, Japanese, and Chinese) are also available. It has the Trade Promotion Exhibition Hall. Near COEX Artium are many performance halls such as COEX Art Hall (184 seats), Auditorium (1058 seats), Convention Hall (7,000 seats), ang Grand Conference Room (450 seats), making the COEX area a main place for cultural and musical performances in Seoul. Visitors may want to visit the COEX website (www.coex.co.kr) to find out information on various performances.

Sogeukjang Changdeokgung (창덕궁 소극장)

Sogeukjang Changdeokgung (창덕궁 소극장)

9034     2019-02-14

88-1, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-742-7278

Changdeokgung Theater is located across from Changdeokgung Palace in the Gungangno Special Cultural Zone of Seoul. Sogeukjans, meaning small theater, provide a unique and intimate atmosphere. Built to promote Korean music, the stage and seating at Changdeokgung are arranged for audience members to sit on the floor similar to in a traditional restaurant or home. The theater offers a wide array of performances including Samulnori (Korean traditional percussion music), traditional Korean music, and Madanggeuk (a play infused with traditional music and performances). First time visitors often find the creative and cozy experience to create a lasting memory of Korean culture and arts. Also nearby the theater are a number of tourist attractions including Changdeokgung Palace, Unhyeongung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine Park, and Insa-dong.

1m Classic Art Hall (1m 아트홀)

1m Classic Art Hall (1m 아트홀)

5676     2019-02-14

31, Daehak-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-766-7623

1m Classic Art Hall, located in Daehang-ro is a classic art experience center exclusively for children. The center provides children with the opportunity to enjoy classical music in a fun and interesting way. In the ‘1m Experience Classic’ program (the oldest children’s classical program in the nation), teachers not only provide interesting mini-music learns, but also assist children in trying out a variety of instruments.

At the performance halls at the 1m Classic Art Hall, the stage is just 1m away from the surrounding seats, giving young audience members a more intimate musical experience.

Whanki Museum (환기미술관)

Whanki Museum (환기미술관)

11337     2019-02-14

63, Jahamun-ro 40-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-391-7701

The Hwangi Art Museum was opened to honor the works of the painter, Kim Hwan-gi. Kim Hwan-gi (1913-1974) was Korea's top artist of modernism. He began painting abstract paintings in 1930, and in 1950 began using nature as his motivation to portray the emotions of Korea. Kim Hwan-gi was famous for his unforgettable pieces. He is the role model for many young aspiring artists in Korea. On the first floor of the museum there is an art shop with scarves, ties, and other various products with Kim's designs are available for purchase. Upon entering the exhibits all bags must be checked in at the front desk. As you enter, aside from the paintings and art pieces, the most eye-popping sight is the beautifully decorated windows. You cannot help but marvel at their beauty. For those that are tired and need rest, there is a rest area on the second floor. There is a nice outdoor view from this area. Outside you can go for a walk on the trail. As you walk up the narrowing trail you will see a pond, and at the end of the trail you will enter a wooded area where you can rest.

Museum of Traditional Korean Music (국립국악박물관)

Museum of Traditional Korean Music (국립국악박물관)

14935     2019-02-12

2364, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
+82-2-580-3130

The Museum of Traditional Music (Gugak) opened on February 23, 1995 as the first gugak museum in Korea, featuring approximately 6,000 pieces of gugak-related materials and relics which have both historical and cultural values. It comprises seven themed permanent exhibition halls that present 250 pieces of audio and video clips regarding gugak. In the 3D room, visitors can enjoy 3D animation at all times. Also, diverse interesting special exhibitions are held.

Hankuk Art Museum (한국미술관)

7344     2019-02-12

244-2, Mabuk-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-283-6418

The Hankuk Art Museum first opened its door to the public in May 1983 in Gahoe-dong and was later moved to its current location. Focusing on modern art and the promotion of Korean art, the gallery presents special displays and open-run exhibitions mainly featuring contemporary art as well as providing art education classes.