63, UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
Busan Museum was founded on July 11, 1978 to collect, preserve, display, and research the cultural hertiage of Busan. The museum houses 22,000 artifacts, displaying just 1,300 through regular exhibition rooms. The museum underwent a remodeling project in 2002 along with the opening of Exhibition Hall 2 to expand to ten permanent exhibition rooms, as well as a planned exhibition space, heritage research room, experience hall, lecture hall, and more. The museum aims to provide more extensive research into uncovering historical artifacts, and provide educational programs to visitors.
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
The COEX Aquarium comprises 183 display tanks and 90 breeding tanks with 3,500 tons of water volume, making it a large-scaled aquarium. It houses 40,000 sea creatures, which come from 650 different species divided into 16 themed zones. In particular, the highest number of sharks and the largest variety of species in Korea are living in this aquarium. An open-top water tank releasing anions in addition to 20 rest areas make this tourist site in the heart of Gangnam a perfect healing place for local and international visitors.
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, separating into an art gallery, historical artifacts exhibition hall, Wolji Pond exhibition hall, and a planned exhibition space. 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 also 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.
244, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan
The Jangsaengpo Whale Museum (opened on May 31, 2005) is the first and only whale museum in Korea and stands on what used to be a central area for the Korean whaling industry. After whaling was banned in 1986, 250 artifacts from whalers and the whaling industry were collected and put on display. Visitors can enjoy experience zones such as the Whale Belly Road or the Underwater Adventure Zone. Exhibitions include things like a Bryde's whale skeleton, a killer whale skeleton, a gray whale corner, and whaling ships.
35, Haeanseohwa-ro, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
The Yanggu Unification Hall is located in the northernmost part of the Civilian Control Zone in Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun. It was built and opened to be utilized as a unification education center that would help broaden people’s understanding about the real situation in North Korea in preparation for reunification and encourage commitment for reunification. The location is 5 kilometers away from The 4th Tunnel, in the northern end of the punch bowl basin and it first opened in 1996. It has a first exhibition hall, second exhibition hall, agricultural specialty market, and a parking lot that can accommodate about 100 vehicles.
Directly operated by Yanggu-gun District Office, the Yanggu Unification Hall displays materials that show the reality of North Korea including household goods, exports and photographs. The agricultural specialty market sells agricultural goods, North Korean products, and tourism souvenirs. Located nearby is The 4th Tunnel, Eulji Observatory, and War Memorial Museum in Yanggu. The Eulji Observatory is the northernmost located observatory in South Korea. The 4th Tunnel is the only tunnel among the four tunnels dug by North Korea that operates electric cars, allowing visitors to travel inside. The War Memorial Museum in Yanggu was built to shed new light on the nine battles fought in Yanggu during the Korean War. The Yanggu Unification Hall deals with works related to the Eulji Observatory, The 4th Tunnel and War Memorial Museum in Yanggu.
137, Samdal-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
The Kim Young Gap Gallery is a former elementary school turned into a gallery. Photographer Kim Young-gap, who had been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, spent his life capturing the beauty of Jeju Island. He created the gallery during his last days so that he could ensure his works be shared for years to come. The gallery shows the photographer’s artistic passion, and his photos reflect the sublime beauty of Jeju Island, captured day after day in all kinds of weather. It is said that Kim Young-gap lived a life of poverty, spending the little money he had on film and developing supplies. Visitors to the gallery will surely be impressed by the commitment and lifetime sacrifice Kim Young-gap made.
42, Hwangyeong-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
Opened in October 2007, the National Institute of Biological Resources is the largest collection preservation facility in Asia. The institute collects, preserves, manages, and conducts research on biological resources with the aim of growing into a focal biological resource hub of North East Asia. The institute is comprised of a spine-shaped collections and research center and a leaf-shaped exhibition and education center. The exhibition hall has 3,905 specimens of 1,287 native species on display. Korea's diverse ecosystems are recreated as highly detailed dioramas at the exhibition hall. A small restaurant is located inside the research center, and the extensive grass field in front of the institute provides an ideal picnic spot.
7, Gosanhu-ro 121beon-gil, Seo-gu, Incheon
In 1999, an excavation for cultural relics was carried out in the area of Geomdan. As a result of the excavation, various relics and remains from the Bronze Age and Old Stone Age to the Joseon period were found, leading to the opening of the Geomdan Prehistory Museum on November 27, 2008.
The museum showcases the lifestyle of prehistoric times and offers hands-on programs.
369, Tongiljeonmangdae-ro, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Although the DMZ Museum was established in memory of a painful past, the museum today embraces everything about the latest efforts made to transform the DMZ from a place of political scars to a symbol of peace and nature.
The museum features exhibition halls arranged under a number of different themes that underscore the historical significance of the DMZ and its value as a treasure trove of ecology for the future.
2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
The Seoul Arts Center is the representative art complex of Korea. It is comprised of the Opera House, Concert Hall, Art Gallery, Calligraphy Museum, Art Material Hall, and an outdoor stage. You can enjoy various performances and exhibitions all in one site.
The Opera House and Concert Hall consist of total of five performance halls offering an average of 800 performances ever year, whereas the Art Gallery and Calligraphy Museum has seven exhibition halls providing various exhibitions throughout the year. The outdoor stage also provides various genre of performances all year round.
1095, Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Keimyung Art Center covers an area of 10,000 square meters with three upper floors and two basement floors. It is equipped with 1,954 seats and cutting-edge stage facilities for hosting diverse genres of performance arts like operas, musicals, concerts, plays, and dance. Since its opening in October 2008, the center has been greatly contributing in facilitating communication with a broad audience and increasing cultural opportunities for Daegu citizens. The center also arranges various social restoration and educational programs.
7, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Yeoju Dojasesang, which opened in March 2002, displays functional ceramics. The museum with its four exhibition halls display ceramics shown at the Korean International Ceramics Biennale for the past 10 years.