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Deokpojin Museum of Education (덕포진교육박물관)

Deokpojin Museum of Education (덕포진교육박물관)

2254     2018-10-18

90, Deokpojin-ro 103 beon-gil, Daegot-myeon, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-989-8580

Deokpojin Museum of Education was established by Kim Dong-seon, an elementary school teacher, for his wife, Lee In-suk who lost her eye sight due to an accident while she was also an elementary school teacher. He decided to build the museum to cheer up his wife who was deeply depressed with the fact that she could no longer teach students. Through the husband's will to give his wife opportunities to teach children again, his dream to create a hands-on educational programs not available in the ordinary school education system became a reality as well. The museum was finally opened in 1996 with materials collected by the couple, comprised of a music class taught with her harmonium and Mr. Kim's collection of various school materials such as a book wrapper, a nature textbook from 1960, nickel silver lunch boxes and more. These collections attracts many visitors, from kindergarteners to university students and even family visitors.

Dokdo Museum (독도 박물관)

Dokdo Museum (독도 박물관)

9980     2018-10-17

90-17, Yaksuteo-gil, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Dokdo Museum was built in 1995 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Korea. It exhibits the collection of Lee Jong-hak, the first director of the museum, as well as donations by groups associated with Dokdo.

The exhibits provide a historical overview of Dokdo, from the Three Kingdoms Era to the present. The museum also focuses on disproving Japan’s claim to Dokdo and its use of the name “Sea of Japan” to describe Korea’s East Sea. Gallery 1 features materials and maps showing Dokdo as being part of Korean territory before the Sino-Japanese War; Gallery 2 displays Japanese maps showing Dokdo as being a Korean territory, and Gallery 3 displays materials on activities of Ulleungdo Island residents to defend Dokdo during the Korean War.

Nakdong River Victory Memorial Hall (낙동강승전기념관)

Nakdong River Victory Memorial Hall (낙동강승전기념관)

4697     2018-10-17

574-110, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
+82-53-621-9880~1

Nakdonggang River is a winding river that is filled with a great strength to protect the people, providing the wisdom and deep meaning for the country's reunification. Thanks to its geographical advantage, it provided a good distance of ceasefire line between Korean soldiers against its enemies during 6.25 Korean War, helping defeating moreover reducing the casualties.

The Nakdong Victory Memorial Hall was built in memory of the victory at the Nakdonggang defense line which was the last fortification to protect the country during the Korean War. The memorial hall was built with private donations from the residents of the Daegu and Gyeongbuk province. In particular, postwar generations, especially the young generation people who did not experience the 6.25 Korean War, can learn the great piece of history from here.

Opening Day: June 25, 1979

Hello Kitty Island (헬로키티아일랜드)

Hello Kitty Island (헬로키티아일랜드)

66676     2018-10-16

340, Hanchang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Hello Kitty Island is a special exhibition hall, themed around Hello Kitty, beloved by many people all over the world. Visitors can enjoy various exhibits, a gift shop, Kitty History Hall, Art Education Hall, Music Education Hall, Art Gallery, World Gallery Hall, Trip around the World Gallery Hall, Constellation Education Hall, Special Gallery, Hello Kitty Café, 3D Theater, Outdoor Modeling Gallery, and more. At Hello Kitty Café, hot coffee is served along with sweet deserts.

Taekwondowon (국립태권도원)

Taekwondowon (국립태권도원)

19057     2018-09-12

1482, Museol-ro, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
+82-63-320-0114

Taekwondowon is a place for practicing “change” with the aim of cultivating the spirit of taekwondo through physical training and the endless quest for mastery of this martial arts form. Some 45 training and hands-on experience programs are offered under the themes of experience, training, rest, and interest. The programs are open to anyone who is interested in training the mind and the body through taekwondo, including local and international taekwondo practitioners, business groups, students, and general public.

Myeongdong Nanta Theatre (명동난타극장)

Myeongdong Nanta Theatre (명동난타극장)

94133     2018-09-12

26, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

The Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is located on the 3rd to 5th floors of the Unesco Building, where Funky House used to be. It includes a theater with 386 seats on two tiers. The seats are arranged as close as possible to the stage, and there are specially designed walls so the audience can really experience the energy of the performance. The auditorium also includes a special room for families with small children, located on the third floor. This room has soundproof glass and a stereo system, so that audience members of all ages can enjoy the performance.
Not only does the Myeongdong have a program of high quality performances, but it also runs a first-class exhibition space in its lobby.
Refer to the homepage for information on performances and ticket reservations.

National Theater of Korea (국립극장)

National Theater of Korea (국립극장)

39102     2018-09-12

59, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2280-4114

The National Theater of Korea was opened in 1950 as the first national theater in Asia. The theater is the base of operations for four performance groups: the National Drama Company, the National Changgeuk Company, the National Dance Company, and the National Orchestra Company. By supporting these performance troupes, the National Theater strives to globalize Korean traditional arts, modifying select pieces to reach a larger audience.

Lotte World Aquarium (롯데월드 아쿠아리움)

Lotte World Aquarium (롯데월드 아쿠아리움)

15438     2018-09-07

300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

[South Korea’s largest, longest, and best: Lotte World Aquarium]
There are 13 diverse theme zones that allow you to experience the Five Oceans of the world. From river to coast and coast to ocean, follow the flow of the ecosystem and have a phenomenal experience with nature. It is home to over 55,000 marine life from 650 species, from freshwater fish in the Hangang River to the beluga whale from the Arctic, they all live in harmony. It also has the nation’s largest main tank that allows visitors to get close up views of the diverse marine life. The nation’s longest underwater tunnel is 85 meters in length and allows visitors to gaze upon the mysteries of the ocean above their heads. Experience lively education in the nation’s best programs learning about marine life by interacting first-hand!

Seoul Metropolitan Library (서울도서관)

Seoul Metropolitan Library (서울도서관)

22077     2018-09-06

110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2133-0300

Seoul Library provides access to a wide range of documents and materials about Seoul Metropolitan City. Visitors will find diverse resources related to the city including, history, culture, urban planning, transportation, environmental issues, administration, reports on outbound visitors, research documents, video clips, and e-data.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon [MMCA Gwacheon] (국립현대미술관 (과천관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon [MMCA Gwacheon] (국립현대미술관 (과천관))

47179     2018-09-06

313, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-2-2188-6000

Located in beautiful Gwacheon, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon displays works by Korean and international modern artists, as well as works by contemporary artists currently making waves in the art world. As well as its permanent collection, the museum generally presents several special exhibitions, which run for three to four months. For English information on the special exhibitions, visitors should check the Art Exhibitions section of VisitKorea’s “What’s On This Month” calendar, the link to which can be found on the main page. Most of the exhibitions can be seen free of charge, although some of the major special exhibitions may charge an admission fee. The museum’s six exhibition galleries are spread over three floors, and include a children’s gallery. The museum is conveniently located on the outskirts of Seoul near several other attractions, such as Seoul Grand Park and SeoulLand amusement park, so the area makes for a good day-trip.

Provisional Capital Memorial Hall (임시수도기념관)

3322     2018-10-18

45, Imsisudoginyeom-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
+82-51-231-6345

The Provisional Capital Memorial Hall was established on June 25, 1984. The memorial hall is significant for its role as the provisional government during the Korean War. The memorial hall was built in 1926  and it was used as the residence for the province governor of Gyeongsangnam-do. When the Korean War began in 1950, the location was repurposed to serve as the provisional government of Korea. Currently, the memorial hall is a great place to learn about Korean history because it contains the historical scenes of the provisional government during the Korean War. It contains exhibitions from the Korean War that display the everyday lives of civilians as well as the political, economic, and cultural aspects of the city of Busan.

Dalseong Korea Japan Friendship Center (달성 한일우호관)

4431     2018-10-17

206, Urok-gil, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
+82-53-659-4490

The Dalseong Korea-Japan Friendship Center opened on May 3, 2012 to highlight the philanthropy of General Kim Chung-seon (Japanese name Sayaka, 1571-1642) and promote friendship between Korea and Japan. Kim Chung-seon was a Japanese general who defected to Korea during the Japanese invasion. Shortly after arriving on Korean soil as a commander of a Japanese army, Choi together with his subjects defected to Korea, a choice that has been traditionally attributed to his respect for Korean culture. He transferred the technology of manufacturing rifles to the Korean army and contributed greatly in battles in Gyeongju and Ulsan. A great number of tourists visit the center to learn about history, including students and their parents, as well as numerous Japanese tourists who visit to commemorate the spirit of General Kim. The center features exhibition rooms, a 3-D theater, a tea ceremony room, relics, manifestations of traditional games in Korea and Japan, documents from Wakayama Prefecture in Japan, and a site for experiencing archery, all of which can be utilized free of charge.