The Seoul Arts Center houses an Opera house, Concert Hall, Art Gallery, Calligraphy Museum, and Performance Theater where you can enjoy a variety of performance and exhibitions. It can house more than 6,000 people and also includes a cafe, restaurants, record shop, art shop, flower shop, jewelry shop, and nursing room.
The Calligraphy Hall is a great place for foreigners to visit because it houses a large collection of well-preserved Chinese Characters. The entire plot of the complex encompasses 276,800 square yards and has a free outdoor space where people can relax and enjoy many events and shows.
Anyone interested in arts and indie culture should definitely check out the eleven-story Sangsangmadang building. With a modern glass and concrete infrastructure, the Sangsangmadang building is located right in the bustling area of Hongdae!
Sangsangmadang offers a full range of things to do, see, and buy. You can go to the art square on the first floor to buy crafts and handmade accessories, or visit the art gallery on the second floor for a glimpse of some contemporary artwork.
Alternatively, you can also watch an indie movie in the basement cinema, or enjoy a live performance in the underground hall.
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also known as the DDP, is a neo-futuristic plaza comprised of five halls: the Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.
Diverse cultural exhibitions, conventions, fashion shows, conferences, gatherings and other events are held here year-round, including Seoul Fashion Week and Cosmobeauty Seoul. Built in 2011, the DDP remains one of the newest and most iconic landmarks in the city.
Popular Korean Dramas, such as ‘You Who Came From The Stars’ or ‘Producer,’ have filmed scenes at the DDP, and the space remains a well-visited tourist attraction. For those ones who are looking for a late night activity: Take a stroll through the 24h Design Market!
Made up of five main buildings, the Seoul Arts Center is said to be one of the ten best art centers worldwide. The Opera House, the Music Hall, the Hangaram Art Museum, the Hangaram Design Museum and the Calligraphy Art Museum lets both music and art lovers alike enjoy multiple interests in one place.
A variety of artistic performances and exhibitions are offered throughout the year. Not only does the SAC promote Korean art and culture, but it also links Korea with the international art scene.
Also, try visiting SAC’s fountain plaza or one of their many cafes and restaurants. The outdoor space offers a relaxing place for both locals and tourists to rest.
Canon Korea’s first flagship store, where you can see all of Canon’s optical products, including digital cameras, digital camcorders, lenses and photo printers. Also featuring an art gallery and electronics store located in Apgujeong.
Known as the MoMa of Seoul, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul), opened on Samcheong-dong Street, which is also known as the “Culture Street,” in November 2013. MMCA Seoul is an art and culture complex equipped with exhibition and education buildings, digital lab, multi-project hall, and theater.
It offers a wide range of exhibitions, movies, performances, and education programs through which visitors can appreciate modern and contemporary art and gain exposure to the various genres of art.
MMCA Seoul pursues a creative approach to modern and contemporary art in order to generate a dynamic and open environment where the general public can gain an understanding and affinity for the arts.
Since the establishment of the Samsung Foundation of Culture in 1965, the Samsung Museum of Art has passionately collected and organized exhibitions of exceptional artworks, encompassing both traditional masterpieces and contemporary works. In 2004, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, opened its doors in its magnificent new facility in Hanam-dong, Seoul.
Leeum has phenomenally expanded the depth and range of its collection, enhancing its vast trove of Korean cultural treasures with numerous representative works from the most celebrated contemporary artists from around the globe. As such, Leeum is now internationally recognized as one of the preeminent cultural institutions in the entire world.
How to Get There
From Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1, walk straight for 100m towards Itaewon.
Make a right turn at the first intersection and alley, walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.
Adults: W 10,000 Youth: W 5,000 Seniors & Disabled: W 5,000
As all the galleries established before 1970, when Hyundai Hwarang was founded, are closed today, GALLERY HYUNDAI (its name was changed from “Hyundai Hwarang” to “GALLERY HYUNDAI” in 1987) is currently the oldest gallery in Korea. Hyundai Hwarang is considered by many to be the first gallery in Korea.
The name of the gallery, “Hyundai,” is a noun meaning “the latest,” “now” or “new” and used to refer to modern and contemporary in Korean. This reflected the atmosphere of the time, which demanded modernization through distinction from the past or things of the old era. Thus, the early English description of Hyundai Hwarang was “Modern Art Gallery,” using the word “modern” to represent the atmosphere of “latest” or “modernization” in Korea at the time.
How To Get There
By subway 570m walk from the Exit 1, Anguk Station (Line 3-Orange)
By bus 330m walk from the Pungmoon Girl’s High School, Duksung Girls’ Middle & High School (bus no. 272, 401, 406, 704, 7022, and 7025).
457-4 Maetan-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Located within the Samsung Electronics building in Seocho-dong, Seoul, Samsung d’light is a global exhibition space that showcases the latest product lineup by Samsung Electronics.
The name d’light combines the words ‘digital’ and ‘light’ to correlate with the company’s vision of being ‘a guiding light to the digital world’ and sharing the excitement and delight of digital technology through interaction with visitors. The ‘d’ also carries with it the connotation of ‘dynamic,’ ‘dream,’ and ‘diversity.’
The three-storied exhibition space is not merely a display of electronic products, but a space of interaction that allows visitors to experience new life patterns through state-of-the-art digital technology categorized by theme. It is comprised of the digital lounge & shop (B1F), the mobile plaza (1F), and global gallery (2F) that features hands-on activities.