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HiKR Ground (하이커 그라운드)

HiKR Ground (하이커 그라운드)

1     2022-09-27

40 , Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-729-9594

HiKR Ground is a tourism promotion center that utilizes K-pop experience and media art and is operated by Korea Tourism Organization's Seoul Center. The name HiKR combines "Hi from KoRea" and aims to provide a playground for global travelers. In particular, the various tourism content appeals to Millenials and Gen Z. On the first floor, K-art is the central theme and visitors can view artworks by famous Korean artists on the large HiKR Wall. On the third floor, at the HiKR Atrium, visitors can view unique art pieces all throughout the center.

Ilmin Art Museum (일민미술관)

Ilmin Art Museum (일민미술관)

22821     2022-09-27

152, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul

The Ilmin Art Museum located in former Dong-A Newspaper Building, was formed in honor of their honorable and late CEO Kim Sang-man. The museum was established in December of 1996, and with a full renovation in 2001, large exhibition hall and Ilmin collection was placed in. Through the renovation, the combination of glass and steel made Artrium aimed to become one of the best comtemporary museum, connecting the museum to the streets of Gwanghwamun. 

 This museum boasts a large Ilmin collection. There are 430 pieces of Ilmin collection from Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) to present, 1,200 pieces in the Donga Newspaper's collection of art, and 100 pieces of art owned by Hyundai Corporation. The Ilmin Collection mostly consists of pieces that Kim Sang-man collected from ceramics to aesthetic paintings. The Dongah Newspaper's collection has time-relevant pieces that are important in history.

Owl Museum (부엉이박물관)

Owl Museum (부엉이박물관)

28269     2022-09-19

143, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3210-2902

The Owl Museum is filled with over 2,000 pieces of owl-themed arts and crafts collected from all over the world by the owner. Renovated from a house, the museum has a feel of an antique café as the owner offers a cup of coffee or tea to visitors. Located near the city, those interested in owls should stop for a view and a drink. Various stories of how the collection was gathered as well as information on owls are also interesting.

Museum SAN (뮤지엄 산)

Museum SAN (뮤지엄 산)

1     2022-09-16

260, Oak valley 2-gil, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-730-9000

Museum SAN (Space Art Nature) opened in May 2013 in a minimalist concrete building designed by famous architect Tadao Ando. The museum also features artworks by James Turrell, who focuses on light and space. The museum spreads in a line from the Welcome Center to the Flower Garden, Water Garden, main building, Meditation Hall, Stone Garden, and finally, James Turrell Hall. The main building features four wings designed using squares, triangles, and circles, connecting walls, the sky, and people. In addition to the permanent and special exhibitions, the museum also offers hands-on experience programs.

Sejong University Museum (세종대학교 박물관)

Sejong University Museum (세종대학교 박물관)

13994     2022-09-16

209, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3408-3876

Sejong University Museum exhibits folk art, wooden crafts, clothing, accessories, pottery, paintings and calligraphy collected for over 40 years by the couple who founded the present day Sejong University, Dr. Ju Young-ha and Dr. Choi Ok-ja. This museum has its origins in the Soodo Gallery, which was built in Chungmuro, the campus’ original location, in 1959. Needing more space to house additional artifacts, the museum moved to its current location, which first opened on May 5, 1973 in a four-story concrete building inspired by traditonal tower design from the Baekje era. This building was later expanded on May 20, 1977.

After the university’s name was changed to Sejong University in 1979, the museum was also renamed the Sejong University Museum. The museum showcases unique artifacts to both scholars and students from home and abroad in contribution to the research of Korea’s culture, arts, and archeology.

Gallery Simon (갤러리 시몬)

Gallery Simon (갤러리 시몬)

10940     2022-09-15

20, Jahamun-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-720-3031

Since its opening in April, 1994, Gallery Simon has continued to focus on promoting the beauty of modern art. Exhibitions include works from experienced artists as well as the works of budding artists, both from Korea and abroad. Select artists, referred to collectively as "Simon's Friends," have exhibitions annually. The changing collections allow the museum and featured artists to constantly strive for improvement and follow the changes in art over time.

Midang Literary House (미당 서정주 시문학관)

Midang Literary House (미당 서정주 시문학관)

11066     2022-09-15

2-8, Jilmajae-ro, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-560-2760

The Midang Literary House is a memorial center for the great poet Seo Jeong-Ju (penname ‘Midang’) built in Seonun-ri in Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do, where the poet was born and is buried. In the fall of 2001, a year after the poet’s death, the center opened on November 3rd on the anniversary of the Gwangju Student Movements (1929 and 1930), which took place while Midang attended Jungang High School. Located adjacent to the center are the poet’s birth house and grave.

Housed in a renovated branch of Seonun Elementary School, the Midang Literary House was structurally designed to convey the architectural concepts of 'eco-friendly' and 'learning.’

Korean Museum of Straw and Life (짚풀생활사박물관)

Korean Museum of Straw and Life (짚풀생활사박물관)

32707     2022-09-15

45, Sungkyunkwan-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-743-8787

Korean Museum of Straw and Life is a private museum dedicated to the collection, research, and display of materials and historical accounts of diverse straws and their uses in Korea. As Koreans' lifestyle in the past heavily depended on agriculture and cultivation of crops, straws and grasses were easily found and had many uses. The museum aims to educate the general public of how different straw were produced and used by Korean ancestors as well as their significance in connection with today's lifestyle.

Museum of Oriental Embroidery (동양자수박물관)

Museum of Oriental Embroidery (동양자수박물관)

48300     2022-09-15

140-12, Jukheon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-644-0600

The Museum of Oriental Embroidery, opened on January 11, 2011, exclusively displays the beautiful works crafted by women of the past. Over 500 pieces of Oriental embroidery from Korea, China and Japan are on display, and another 100 Western embroidery works are also displayed in a special exhibition hall. In this cultural space, one can discover the aesthetic world of Oriental embroidery.

Ewha Womans University Museum (이화여자대학교박물관)

Ewha Womans University Museum (이화여자대학교박물관)

19552     2022-09-14

52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3277-3152

The Ewha Womans University Museum was established in 1935 with the goal of preserving the cultural heritage of Korea. Originally, items related to folk art, traditional woodwork, and pottery were put on display in the hall of the main university to keep them from being confiscated during the Japanese occupation. This later led to the opening of the museum to display and store the growing collection.

Regular exhibitions of the museum’s collection have been taking place annually from 1972. Since 1996, the museum also held special exhibitions that focus on other themes related to cultural heritage. Additional small-scale exhibitions are also held frequently to promote Korea's traditional culture and art.

A ceramics research facility as well as a more traditional museum, a large portion of the museum’s efforts is focused on the research and excavation of kilns. To this aim, excavation teams from the museum have traveled to various parts of the country to conduct studies on historic sites and assess the value of artifacts. Through the publication of books and reports on its discoveries, the museum has contributed to raising knowledge and awareness of Korean cultural heritage in academia and among the public.

Football Faentasium (풋볼 팬타지움)

Football Faentasium (풋볼 팬타지움)

10649     2022-09-13

240, World Cup-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
+82-2-305-2002

Football Faentasium is the first soccer-themed experience museum in Korea, founded by the Korea Football Association. The museum uses the lastest in IT for exciting displays, experiences, educational lessons, and more for a facility more like a theme park than a museum. The name comes from a mix of the words fan, fantasy, museum, and stadium.

The Story of King Sejong (세종이야기)

The Story of King Sejong (세종이야기)

60717     2022-09-13

jiha 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-399-1000

The Story of King Sejong comprises six different sections with a total area of 3,200 square meters. The museum consists of exhibition zones, an event space, video room, shop and more to display King Sejong’s scientific, artistic, military, and political contributions, including the theory of Minbon, which recognized the people as the base of politics. King Sejong, the 4th king of the Joseon dynasty (1397-1450, reigning from 1418-1450) was responsible for some of the most brilliant achievements in the history of Korea, including the creation of Hangeul (Korean alphabet) and great advancements in the areas of science, culture, art and politics.