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Samtoh Blue Bird Theater (샘터 파랑새극장)

Samtoh Blue Bird Theater (샘터 파랑새극장)

9220     2018-02-21

116, Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opened on October 15, 1984, this small theater holds the firm belief that "children nurtured happily make the world happy." Named after Maeterlinck's fairly tale, Blue Bird, and equipped with two performance halls almost 200 square meters, the Samtoh Blue Bird Theater has offered performances that inspire dreams and impart wisdom to children and love and romance to adults.

Various programs for children include puppet shows, musicals, and educational plays while those for adults offer plays, live concerts, and poetry recitals. In particular, the theater offers song concerts for children on the fourth Monday night every month. In addition, the theater hosts diverse events such as Blue Bird Festival.

Chocolate Museum (초콜릿 박물관)

Chocolate Museum (초콜릿 박물관)

51849     2018-02-20

144, Iljuseo-ro 3000beon-gil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

The Chocolate Museum in Seogwipo, Jeju is the second largest chocolate museum in the world (the largest being the Cologne Chocolate Museum in Germany). Built using volcanic scoria unique to Jeju, the museum looks like an ancient castle and seems to complement the surrounding natural environment. The front yard measures 5,000 meters squared and is surrounded by a low-lying fence made of rough stones, giving even passerbyers a great view of the museum's front garden .
At the entrance to the museum, a whimsical statue of a cacao god greets visitors. The museum has three floors and houses a gallery, a theater, a café, a workshop, and a chocolate store. The most popular exhibits are the gallery with various exhibits on chocolate and the workshop showing the chocolate-making process. The chocolate produced at the museum is available for both sampling and purchase. In addition, the 'Collection Square' features a wide array of chocolate cases and other items that Mr. Han Ye-seok, the museum director, has collected from around the world.
In the 'Chateâu Chocolat: Real Chocolate Place' chocolate shop at the Chocolate Museum, visitors can get a taste of hand-made chocolates. The Chateâu Chocolat is a retail chocolate chain with franchises in Gyeongbokgung, Apgujeong, Itaewon, and Changdeokgung in Seoul, and Yangyang and Somdari in Gangwon-do.
The Chocolate Museum's general operating hours are from 10am to 6pm, but in the winter the museum closes early at 5pm, and in summer stays open until 7pm.

Daegaya Museum (대가야 박물관)

Daegaya Museum (대가야 박물관)

7099     2018-02-19

1203, Daegaya-ro, Goryeong-eup, Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-54-950-7103

Daegaya Museum is an exhibition of history and culture of the Daegaya (The Great Gaya; 42-562 AD) Kingdom. The Museum consists of the Daegaya History Pavilion and the Daegaya Royal Tomb Pavilion. The History Pavilion houses a collection of relics from the Daegaya Kingdom era, while holding special exhibitions and education activities periodically. The outdoor exhibition center displays items that represent ancient lifestyle such as dugouts, attic storage, iron furnace, as well as religious relics. The Royal Tomb Pavilion is a 37m-wide dome that houses relics of the Jisandong Ancient Tombs. It is essentially the restoration of the Jisandong Tumulus No. 44, the first large-scale sunjang (burial of the living with the dead).

Namsan Library (남산도서관)

Namsan Library (남산도서관)

26431     2018-02-19

109, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
+82-2-754-7338

Namsan Library opened as Kyeongseong Prefectural Library in 1922 as a public library in Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul. The library was moved to the current site in 1964 with a newly built building and its name changed to Namsan Library in 1965. The building constructed with reinforced concrete in 1964 was designed by architect Lee Haeseong. It was designated as Seoul Future Heritage in 2013, credited for its preservation value. It is comprised of 19 various material rooms and educational areas including Humanity and Social Science Hall, Nature Science Hall, Language and Literature Hall, Electronic Information Room and other rooms. Since opening, the library has collected nearly 500,000 books, 16,000 non-book materials, 700 continuing resources, and other special materials like old books, oriental books (including Japanese books), and more. Namsan Library also operates a reading treatment program as a special business, extending the library’s working field. The program includes remodeling of reading consultation room, training for people in charge of reading treatment, workshops, programs for individuals and groups and others. Also, various exhibitions, lectures, shows, cultural classes and other events are available all year long to enhance lifelong education.

Figure Museum W (피규어뮤지엄W)

Figure Museum W (피규어뮤지엄W)

19744     2018-02-08

3, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
+82-2-512-8865

Located in Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Figurine Museum W is a new concept museum that combines figurines, toys, and a theme park all in one. The museum showcases unique figurines for all types of visitors, including children, youth, and adults in order to help visitors enjoy and experience a fresh culture and discover a tasteful hobby. Its aim is to establish a cultural tourism landmark for locals and visitors.

Comprised of six themes, the exhibition hall includes a site for entertainment, a grand hall with a coffee shop, a "mania shop" available for shopping for figurines, and other facilities that allow visitors to experience various displays and activities.

Taepyeongmu Initiation Hall (태평무 전수관)

Taepyeongmu Initiation Hall (태평무 전수관)

5759     2018-02-08

42, Taepyeongmu-gil, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-676-0141


Gang Seonyeong, who devoted a lifetime to traditional dance, built the Taepyeongmu Initiation Hall (태평무 전수관) at her own expense in 1998 in her hometown of Anseong for the proper initiation into, and the preservation of traditional dance. A traditional dance performance is held every Saturday at the center for visitors and a traditional dance competition is held annually to preserve Korea’s traditional dance and to discover new talent. The center has a large performance hall (430m2) where up to 400 people can enjoy a performance; a museum displaying Taepyeongmu dance-related materials and folk articles from around the world; two practice rooms; and lodging facilities that can accommodate up to 70 individuals.

* Taepyeongmu Dance (National Intangible Cultural Asset No. 92)
Court dancing that embodies the continuing hope for the nation to exist in peace. The dancers are adorned in magnificent regal costumes and execute enthusiastic movements, alternating steps while in serene repose.

Seoul Namsan Gugakdang (Traditional Theater) (서울 남산국악당)

Seoul Namsan Gugakdang (Traditional Theater) (서울 남산국악당)

18553     2018-02-08

28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Seoul Namsan Gukakdang (Traditional Theater) was established by Seoul Metropolitan Government as one of representative traditional art-centered performance halls in 2007. It is comprised of one ground-above floor and two basement levels. The performance hall is located on the basement floor with 300 seats, equipped with great facilities like every seat offers realistic pansori sound and gayageum music. To watch the performance held in Namsan Gukgakdang, guests can make a reservation through the homepage for convenience.

Hyundai Gallery (현대갤러리)

Hyundai Gallery (현대갤러리)

10823     2018-02-08

33, Junggyo-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon
+82-42-254-7978


Hyundai Gallery is located in the heart of Daejeon. The City Hall, Court of Law, and Police Station etc. are some of the important establishments concentrated in the area. The Exhibit Hall on the B1 floor of Hyundai Gallery is 70 Pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 square meters), and is the preferred locale for talented artists exhibiting their work. Private invitation exhibitions are usually held. The exhibited works are ones that reflect modern art trends, and show the art world of progressive artists. The lighting is very impressive, and highlights the exhibited items beautifully. The simplicity of its design allows you to focus on and enjoy the artwork even more. There is a historic art gallery near the Hyundai Gallery, and the third largest lake in Korea called Daecheongho Lake. If you want to enjoy the tranquil beauty of a large lake, head over to this place. The water is very clean, and is host to many different types of fish.

Korea Culture House (KOUS) (한국문화의집)

Korea Culture House (KOUS) (한국문화의집)

21266     2018-02-08

12-9, Teheran-ro 92-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
+82-2-3011-1788

Operated by Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, The Korea Culture House (KOUS), similar to The Korea House in Gangbuk area, opened in Daechi-dong, Gangnam. Tourists visiting Korea and international students residing in Korea can experience and learn about Korean-related traditional culture through this educational space.

Ssamzigil (쌈지길)

Ssamzigil (쌈지길)

130712     2018-02-06

44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-736-0088

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.

Provisional Capital Memorial Hall (임시수도기념관)

2255     2018-02-13

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

Provisional Capital Memorial Hall was established to teach the meaning of Korean historical gloomy period by preserving and presenting the historical scenes of the provisional government during 6.25 Korean War. Also, visitors can be aware of Korean forefather’s spirits to overcome a national crisis, as well as wishes for unification and prosperity.

Chang Kee-ryo Memorial Hall (장기려기념 더 나눔센터)

2244     2018-02-06

48, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu, Busan

Established in 2013, the Chang Kee-ryo Memorial Hall is a place to honor Dr. Chang, often referred to as the Schweitzer of Korea, for his lifelong practice of sharing with poor neighbors.