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Art Galleries, North of Han River, Seoul


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Following are some of the hundreds of Art Galleries one can find in Seoul. Some of these charge admission, while others do not. Some exhibit art works while others offer them for sale. The same gallery may do one or the other depending on the exhibition. (For galleries, south of the river, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Art Galleries, South of Han River.)

ARKO ART CENTER - Jongno (아르코미술관)
Hours: Tue - Sun 11 am - 7 pm. Closed Mondays.
Address: Arko Art Center, Insa Art Space. 100 Daehangro, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
Tel: 02-760-4563
Directions: Subway: Hyehwha Station (Line 4, stop 420) Exit #2

ARARIO GALLERY - Jongno
Hours: 10AM-7PM. Closed Mondays, 01 January, Seollal and Chuseok Holidays
Address: 84 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-541 5701
Website has information in English

ART SONJE CENTER - Jongno (아트선재센터)
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Mondays.
Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Sogyeok-dong 144-2
Tel: 02-733-8945  
Directions: At Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, stop 328), exit no.1, walk towards Gyeongbok Palace and turn right at Poongmoon Girl's High school. Then go straight towards Jeongdok Library for 7 min on foot.
Art Sonje Center is an art complex which was built in 1998. As an art complex, in addition to regular art exhibitions, movies, dance & music performances and plays are also shown here.

DOOSAN ART CENTER - Jongno (두산아트센터)
Can be reached by walking 30m toward the Jongno 5-ga pharmacy alley from Exit #1 of Jongno 5-ga station on subway line number 1, stop 129. Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Yeonji-dong 270. Info:  (02) 744-4011.
Hours: 11AM to 6PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Address: 130-1 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-260
Tel: 02-74501644
Email: info@oneandj.com
Directions: Line 3, Anguk Station, Stop 328, Exit 2
Website has information in English, including map

GAAIN ART GALLERY - Jongno
Hours:  11AM to 7PM (March-Oct) and 11AM to 7PM (Nov to Feb)
Open Tuesday thru Saturday (Closed Sundays and Mondays)
Address: 10-848 512-2 Pyungchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Directions: Line 3 (Orange Line) Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 3, stop 327  → Transfer to Bus 1711, 1020 → Get off at Byucksan Pyeongchang Hillstate → 400m walk from Bus Station
More Transport Info
Tel: 02.394.3631
Email: info@gaainart.com

GALLERY CHA - Jongno
Hours: Mon to Fri 11am to 7pm / Sat 12 to 6pm
Admission is usually free. 
Address: 35-97 Tongui-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-730-1700 (curator speaks English)
Directions: Take Subway Line 3 and get off at the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) Station, STN #327.  Come out of Exit # 4, turn around 180 degrees and walk to the street corner, where you'll see a small grocery store. Turn left into that street, with the palace wall on your right. About 50 meters in, you will see Gallery CHA on your left. 

GALLERY DOS - Jongno
Hours: Mon 12:00-18:00 / Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00
Address: 37 Samcheongro-7gil,  Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-737 4678
Email: info@gallerydos.com
Directions: Anguk Station (line 3, stop 328) Exit 1. Go straight toward Samcheong-dong Road and turn right at the Gyeongokgung intersection. Go straight to Jinsun Book Care, take the left road and walk up the hill. Go past the checkpoint. Cafe Daily Brown is on the 1st Floor. Gallery DOS is in the basement. For more options in English (subway/bus/map) see the Gallery DOS website.

GALLERY GAHOEDONG 60 - Jongno (가회동 60)
Hours: Mon to Sat 12 to 7pm / Closed Sundays (can vary by exhibition)
Admission is usually free
Tel: 02-3673-0585
Director Jung Min Kim (speaks some English)
Address:60 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (located in a beautiful small Korean tradiitonal house)
Directions: Take subway to Anguk St., Stop 328, Exit 2. Go up towards Bukchon village until you arrive at the 2nd Family Mart - almost 500M from the Anguk Station. The gallery is on the street to the left and can be seen from the road. It's small but localted in a beautiful Korean traditional house. There is a pharmacy and DooRoo coffee shop on the corner.
Email: gahoedong60@gmail.com 
Map link
Website: Mainly Korean

GALLERY GOLMOK - Itaewon (갤러리 골목)
Hours: 10:30am to 10:00pm (can vary by exhibition)
Admission: varies, sometimes free
Address: 34-9  Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-792-2960
Email: shim9092@hotmail.com
Directions: From Noksapyeong Station:Go out Exit 3 of Noksapyeong Station, Stop 629. Walk straight to the pedestrian crossing  (toward Itaewon). Once you've crossed the street, keep going straight. You'll see a lane on your right (if you reach McDonald's you've gone too far). Go up the lane about 20m. Gallery Golmok is on the right. / From Itaewon Station: Go out Exit 4 of Itaewon Station, Stop 630. Keep going straight until you pass McDonald's and Rotiboy. You'll see an alley on your left. Go up the alley about 20m. Gallery Golmok is on the right. Alternately, veer left down the alley next to Suji’s Restaurant and Kwon’s Engraving, and proceed to the yellow and pink buildings.

GALLERY HYUNDAI - Jongno (갤러리현대 신관)
(also Gangnam) 
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok Day
Admission is usually free.
Works generally for sale
Address: New Space: 80 Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-190 
Tel: 02-2287-3500
Dugahun: 109 Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-190 
Tel: 02-3210-2100
Main Space: 122 Sagan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-190
Tel: 02-734-6111~3 
Directions: go out exit 1 of Anguk Station (line 3, stop 328). Map.
Email: mail@galleryhyundai.com
Website in Korean only

GALLERY i - Insa-dong (갤러리 i)
Gallery of Contemporary Art
Hours: 12-8PM / Closed Mondays and public holidays
Address: 283-13 Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-733-3695
Directions: Anguk Station (Stop 328) Exit 5. Walk straight till you see the Nakwondong Instrument Market over the main road, then turn right. Walk straight, the gallery is across from the 7/11 convience store.
Website: Korean only

GALLERY JUNGDABAN PROJECT - Yeongeungpo-gu (대안공간_정다방 프로젝트)
Arts & Culture Alternate Space
Address:  7-1 B1, Mullaedong 4-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 150-094
Tel: 02-2633-4711
Directions: Gallery Jungdabang is a five-ten minute walk from Exit #1 of Mullae Station (Green Line #2. Stop 235)).  Walk out of Exit #1 and head straight until the next intersection.  Cross the street at the crosswalk, and then make a right.  Continue down this street for about five minutes.  Jungdabang will be on your left.
Email: jungdabang@gmail.com
Website and FB page in Korean only

GALLERY K.O.N.G. - Jongno (공근혜갤러리)
Hours:  10am - 6pm Tues-Sat / 12pm - 6pm Sun / Closed Mondays
Address: #137 Palpan-dong, Jonro-gu, Seoul 110-220
Tel: 02-738-7776 (possible no English speaker)
Email: info@gallerykong.com 
Directions: Anguk Station, Line 3, Stop 328, Exit 1. It's about a 10-15 minute walk heading toward ChungWaDae (Blue House), just up from Jinsan Book Cafe.

GANA ART CENTER - Pyeongchang-dong (가나아트센터)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Admission varies depending on the exhibition
Address: 97 Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-720-1020  
Directions: Go out exit No.3 at Gyeongbokgung Station on Seoul Subway Line 3, Stop 327. Take Bus No.1020, or 1711. Get off at Pyeongchang-dong Olympia Hotel (Bus comes every 5-10 minutes / takes about 10-15 minutes)
The Art Gallery Tour Bus will take you from Insa-dong to Gana
Weekdays : 1:00 p.m./ 2:00 p.m./ 3:00 p.m.
*Go out exit No.6 at Anguk Station on Seoul Subway Line 3. Then walk into the street between Crown Bakery and LG 25 (walk for 5 minutes). You will find Insa Art Center. Take Gallery Tour Bus and get off at Gana Art Center
Weekdays : 4:00 p.m./ 5:00 p.m./ 6:00 p.m.
*Go out exit No.6 at Anguk Station on Seoul Subway Line 3. It is then approximately a 3-minute walk to Anguk-dong Roundabout Tourist Information Center. Behind of the Tourist Information Center, take Gallery Tour Bus and get off at Gana Art Center.
Weekends & National Holidays : Go out exit No.6 at Anguk Station on Seoul Subway Line 3. It is then approximately a 3-minute walk to Anguk-dong Roundabout Tourist Information Center. Behind of the Information Center, take Gallery Tour Bus and get off at Gana Art Center (The Bus comes every hour/ takes about 25 minutes).
*Buses do not operate on Mondays.

HAKGOJAE GALLERY - Jongno (학고재화랑)
Hours: From March to Nov:  Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm  Sat 9am – 6pm  Closed on Sun.
From Dec to Feb: Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm  Closed on Sun.
During special exhibitions: 10am – 6pm
Admission: varies, sometimes free
Tel: 02 -720-1524 6
Address: 70 Sokyuk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-200 
Directions: Anguk Station Stop 328, Exit 1 or Gyeongbuk Palace Station Stop 327, Exit 2. 15 minutes walk.

HANBYUKWON GALLERY - Jongno (한뷰원 갤러리)
Hours: 10am-6pm (can vary depending on exhibitions
Tel: 02-732-3777
Address: 35-1 Palpan-dong, Jongro-gu
Directions: Go out Exit 1 of Anguk Station (Line 3 Stop 328). Take the local 'maeul' bus #11 and get off at Samcheong-dong Police Station. The gallery is about 200 meters from the station.

INSA ART CENTER - Insa-dong (인사 아트센터)
Hours:  Daily 10am-7pm 
Admission: varies depending on exhibition, may be free or may be W10,000+
Tel: 02-736-1020
Address: 188 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu 110-300 (New address system: 1 FL, 41-1 Insadong-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Directions: Anguk subway (stop 328, exit 6). Located on Insadong's main drag, the Insa Art Center is a cluster of small shops and galleries. 
Website: in Korean only

JEAN ART GALLERY - Jongno (진화랑)
Hours: Daily 9:30am-6pm - Closed Sundays
Address 7-38, Tongeui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: 02-738 - 7570
Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station, Subway Line 3, Stop 327, Exit 4, and head towards the direction of the Blue House (Cheongwadae) for 3 minutes. The Jean Art Gallery is on your left. Look for the metallic butterfly sculpture between the gallery’s two red brick buildings.
Email: webmaster@jeanart.net
Website: mainly Korean

KEUMSAN GALLERY-SEOUL - Jung-gu  (금산갤러리)
Hours: Tue - Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm / Closed Mondays
Admission: generally free, but there may be an admission fee for some exhibits
Tel: 02-3789-6317
Email: keumsan@empal.com
Address: B-3 Namsan platinum, 87 Hoehyeon-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul. 100-052
Directions: From Hoehyeon Station, Subway Line 4, Stop 425, Exit 1, walk straight past SK Leaders' View Building and turn right at the junction after Woori Bank. Keumsan Gallery is just round the corner.
Website:  Korean only
 
KOREA FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER (KF) - Jung-gu (한국국제교류재단 문화센터 갤러리)
Hours: Monday thru Friday 11am to 8pm / Saturday 11am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Admission is free.
Address: Mirae Asset CENTER1 Building West Tower, 67 Suha-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Gallery(2nd Fl.),  Seminar Room (19th Fl.)  
Tel: 02- 2151-6500
Directions: Between Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (stop 202) and Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station (stop 203). From inside Eulgiro-1-ga Station, follow the signs for Ferrum Tower and then those for Mirae Assets. This will take you directly into the building.
Email: kfcenter@kf.or.kr
Website: general information in English as well as some event descriptions.  Click on 한국어 at the top of the page beside GO, then on English.

KUKJE GALLERY SPACE ONE & SPACE TWO - Jongno (국제갤러리)
Hours: 10am - 6pm Monday thru Saturday / Sunday & Holidays : 10am - 5pm
Address:
Space One - Sogyeok-dong 59-1, Jongno-gu Seoul
Tel: 02-735-8449
Space Two - Sogyeok-dong 62, Jongno-gu Seoul
Tel : 02 733 8449
Directions: Subway : #3(Orange) Line to either Anguk Station (# 328) or Gyeongbukgung Station (#327) Walk 10-15 minutes.
Bus : Village Bus 11 from Kwanghwamoon to Samcheong-dong (2 stops)
Map

MONGIN ART CENTER - Jongno (몽인아트센터)
Hours:  11AM to 6PM, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays
Address: 106 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-2736-1447~8
Email: info@mongin.org

NOAM GALLERY - Jongno (노암 갤러리)
Hours: 10:30AM to 6:30PM (can vary depending on exhibition)
Address: 133 Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel 02-720-2235 
Directions: The gallery is located near exit 6 of Anguk Station on subway line 3, stop 328. Or Get off at Jonggak station (line 1, stop 131), exit 3 or 14, walk straight ahead about 50 m, turn to the left at the first alley, and you'll be at  Noam Gallery in about 2 minutes. Map (in Korean).
Website in Korean only.

P K M GALLERY | Bartleby Bickle & Meursault - Jongno (PKM갤러리)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:30 am - 6 pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays
Address: 137-1 Hwa-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul 110-210
Tel: 02 734 9467
Map

RYUGAHEON GALLERY - Jongno (류가헌)
Hours: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm / Closed Mondays
Address: 7-10 Tonguidong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-040
Tel: 02-720-2010
Directions: Exit 4 of Gyeongbokgung station, Line 3, Stop 327. Walk toward Hyoja-ro street which runs along the west side of Gyeonbokgung Palace (toward the Blue House). Turn left and walk straight about two blocks and keep going until you pass a small Korean restaurant (at #31-1) and a street sign above which says Hyoga-ro 7-gil. On the small lane just past the restaurant you will see a sign for Ryugaheon: Mainly Photograph's Gallery. Make a left turn following the direction of the sign and you will see the gallery in about 30 metres on your right. It's in an hanok building.
Email: ryugaheon@nate.com
Website in Korean only 

SAMTOH GALLERY - Daehangno (샘터 갤러리)
Hours: Open daily 11AM to 8PM (closed Mondays)
Address: Daehang-no, Seoul
Tel: 02-3675-3737
Directions: Go out Exit #2 of Hye-hwa Station Subway Line 4, STN #420. Find the Coffee Bean - a 30 second walk from exit 2.. With your back to the Coffee Bean’s main entrance, look down the road slightly to the right in front of you. The Samtoh Gallery entrance is about 15 meters down this road on your right.

TOPOHAUS GALLERY - Jongno (Topohaus 갤러리)
Address:110-300 184 Gwanhun-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Korea
Directions: By subway, get out from exit #6 from Anguk Station (Stop 328 -orange line) - make a first left  - walk until   you see Ssamzi Gil building - make a right having the building on your left side - TopoHaus is on your right as soon as you make a right
Website: Korean only 

YOGIGA EXPRESSION GALLERY - Hongdae (요기가 표현 갤러리)
Hours: vary - often 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Address: Hongdae
Tel: 02-3141-2603
Directions: Hapjoeng Station on Lines 2 and 6, stops 622 and 238.  Take Exit 5 and turn right on the corner with the "GIANT" Bicycle Store.  Continue on the road as it curves to the left.  Yogiga will be on the right just before a Family Mart.
Website: Korean only

Korea4Expat Note: If there is no English speaker when you contact the Gallery, the 1330 helpline operator can help you get the information you need. (02-1330 from a cell phone / 1330 from a landline).
As indicated in the introduction to this page, the list is far from complete. If you know a gallery that you feel should be listed here (offers space to foreign artists, curator speaks English, etc.) do let us know at info@korea4expats.com

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Last Updated on 2016-08-30


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