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Art Museums, Seoul

Art Museums, Seoul

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Daelim Museum of Contemporary Art (대림미술관) is open from 10:00-18:00 Tues-Sun with longer hours (20:00) on Saturday (Closed on Mondays). Ticket sales stop 30 minutes before closing time. Entry: Adults: W6,000. Discount for groups 10+.  Address: 21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu. Tel: 02-720-0667. Email: Directions: Subway Line #3 to Gyongbokgung station (stop 327) and take exit number 3. Follow the orange sign board in the street. For a map and other transit options (in Korean), go to the museum's website, click on VISIT, then on 오시는길.
D Museum is located in Yongsan in what was Hannam-dong at 5-6, Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Exhibition focus on photography and design usually. Admission: W8,000 adults (W5,000 youth under 19 and W3,000 children). Hours: 10:00-20:00 Tues-Sun (Closed Mondays, Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok Holiday). Final admission 30 min before closing. Info: 070-5097-0020. Website has info in English. Getting there: no subway station nearby but bus options available. Map here

Gansong Museum of Art (간송미술관)  in Seongbuk-dong, Korea's first private art museum, was founded in 1938 by Jeon Hyeong-pil, a wealthy art collector. The museum is home to many of Korea's national art treasures, it is only open twice a year - in May and October. Address: 97-1 Seongbuk-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. Directions: To get there, take the subway to Hansung University Station on Line 4 (stop 419) Exit 6. Hours 10:00 to 18:00 during two weeks in May and October. Admission is free. Tel: 02-762-0442 (may be Korean-only).

Hangaram Art Museum (예술의전당 한가람미술관) has six galleries. It concentrates on contemporary art enabling younger people to enjoy their visits . Its first and second floors are connected so that major works of art can be displayed regardless of size. The museum uses natural lighting installed in many respectable European art museums to illuminate its art works. Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (Fall/Winter) and 11:00 to 20:00 (Spring/Summer). Information on exhibitions available in English (basic details only). Address: 2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul. The museum, part of the Seoul Arts Center, is located in Seochu-dong accross the Pampo Bridge from Itaewon. Directions: Drive accross Pampo Bridge and keep going straight to the end of the road. The Seoul Arts Center is right in front of you. Turn left and then make an immediate right to get into the parking lot. Or take the Subway to Nambu Bus Terminal Station on Line 3 (stop 341). Go out exit 4 /5 and walk about 15-20 minutes or take a taxi.  Taking the bus is another option: Shuttle bus No. 12 or regular bus No. 4429.  Korean: 예술의전당 / Pronounced: Ye Sool Ui Jun Dang. Tel: 02-580-1300 /1134

Kumho Museum of Art (금호미술관) holds around 7 exhibitions each year of new pieces of art from promising new artists and accomplished artists. On the 3rd floor of the museum is a small concert hall, Kumho Recital Hall. Hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30) /Closed Mondays. The coffee shop and art shop on the 1st floor are open on days the museum is closed. Address: 18, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (110-190). Website has information in English. Info: 02-720-5114 or Getting there: Go out Exit 1 of Anguk Station (Line 3, Stop 328) and walk about 10 minutes. Shuttle bus: At Exit 2 of Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, Stop 533) get on shuttle bus Jongno #10 at the front of the KT Art Hall Building and get off after one stop.) 

Leeum (Samsung) Museum of Art (리움 삼성미술관) is located at 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Directions: Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6, Stop 631), Exit 1. Walk straight for 100m in the direction of Itaewon. Go into the first alley to the right, which will be signposted for the museum, and walk uphill for about 5 minutes. Open 10:30 - 18:00. Closed Mondays. English guided tours 15:00-16:30. . Regular Adult Admission W10,000. 

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (국립현대미술관 / MMCA)  has a location in Gwacheon and 2 in downtown Seoul. The museum operates a free shuttle service for museum visitors that departs four times a day (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00) from in front of the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art-Seoul Gallery (see below) that then goes to MMCA Deoksugung and MMCA Gwacheon then back to MMCA Seoul.
Gwacheon ((과천관)  Address: 313 Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwancheon-si, Gyeonggi-do. Shuttle bus from Seoul Grand Park Station Line 4 (Stop 437) Exit 4 at 20-minute intervals from 09:00.From the subway station to the museum:By Shuttle Bus: A free shuttle bus to the museum is available every 20 minutes (30 minutes during extended hours) at exit 4 of Seoul Grand Park Station on line 4. A tram that runs a circular route around the park is available at exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station. Also possible to get there on foot - takes about 20 minutes from the subway station. Free admission last Wednesday of each month and some special exhibition.March to October Hours: Tues-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sun 10AM-6PM /  Saturday 10AM-9PM. November to February Hours: Tues-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sun 10AM-5PM / Saturday 10AM-9PM. Children's Museum Hours: March to October 10AM-6PM /  November-February 10AM-5PM. 
Deoksugung (Palace) (국립현대미술관) was originally built as an annex to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. It specializes in seeking out and researching modern art, and also in exhibiting and preserving it. Because it uses the Seokjojeon annex inside the Deoksugung Palace as its exhibition space, the center maintains a unique traditional atmosphere. Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul. Directions: At City Hall Station, line 1 or 2 (stops 132 or 201) go out  exit 1 or 12. You will see the entrance to Deoksu Palace. Admission to the museum varies and may be free once you've paid your entrance into Deoksu Palace (W1000). Hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00 am ~ 7:00 pm / Wednesday, Saturday: 10:00 am ~ 9:00 pm. As of 01 October 2016, open 7 days a week (until then closed Mondays and 01 January.) Shuttle bus info.
Seoul Gallery 국립현대미술관 - 서울 갤러리) opened in November 2013. Address: 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-3701-9500. Directions: Anguk Station (Line 3, Stop 328) Exit 1 or Gwangwhamun Station (Line 5, Stop 533) Exit 2. Hours 10AM-6PM Tue-Thu-Fri-Sun / 10AM-9PM Wed & Sat. Admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Mondays. Cost of admission varies by exhibition.

National Museum of Korea  (국립중앙박물관) is located in Yongsan and provides information on Korea's 5000 years of history. This museum is one of the must-see attractions of Seoul and offers some guided tours in English. Hours: 9:00-18:00 Tues,Thurs, Fri / 9:00-21:00Wed & Sat / 9:00-19:00 Sun and Holidays. Closed Mondays except Holiday Mondays and 1 January. Address: 137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Stop 430 and Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Stop K111), Exit 2. Take the underpass - Bakmulgwan Nadeul-gil or Moving Museum. Info: 02-2077-9000 (ask for English Speaker). See website for more details.

National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관) is a royal museum, which exhibits royal artifacts and related materials of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). The museum was moved from Doeksu Palace to its present location in 2005. The museum is within sight on your left as soon as you  get out from Gate no.5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (327). Use the stairs and enter through the 2nd floor entrance.

Savina Museum of Contemporary Art  (사비나미술관) is a private contemporary art museum and gallery.  Summer hours: 10:00-18:30 (last entry at 18:00). Winter: 10:00-19:00 (last entry at 18:30). Closed Mondays. Address: 159, Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Getting there: Anguk Station, Stop 328, Exit 1. Turn left as you exit and then again left at the Post Office.  Admission: varies depending the exhibition., Seniors over 65 free. Email: Phone: 02-736-4371, 4410. Website has some information in English.

Sejong Museum of Art   
Located in the Sejong Performing Arts Center
Hours: 10:00 - 20:30 Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Suin
Closed Tuesdays
Admission: sometimes free but there is usually an admission fee for exhibition of international artists
Address: 81-3 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-399-1114
Directions: Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5 (stop 533) exit 1 or 8. MAP. Located across from Kyobo Bookstore.

Seoul Museum and Seokpajeong (서울미술관 서울문화아카데미 개강) is a private museum opened in 2012 at the foot of Seokpajeong, a 19th-century hanok (traditional Korean house).  The third floor of the museum is connected to Seokpajeong and visitors can look around the restored pavilion of Heungseon Daewongun, a man of great influence in the late Joseon Kingdom. Address: 201 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Winter Hours - November-February: Weekdays 10:30-17:00 / Weekends 10:30-18:00 (Seokpajeong may close one hour earlier). Summer Hours: Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends 11:00-19:00. Admission: W9,000 adults / W5,000 students. Tel: 02-395-0100. To get there take bus 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop (You can catch one or more of these buses at either Jonggak Station, Line 1, Stop 131, Exit 3; Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3, Stop 327, Exit 3 or Hongjae Station, Line 3, Stop 324. Website in Korean only.

Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관) is open every day except Mondays and 01/02 January from 10:30 to 21:00 (10:00 to 19:00 on weekends) March thru October and 10:30 to 20:00 (10:00 to 18:00 on weekends) November thru February. Take Subway Lines 1 or 2  to City Hall(stop 133 or 201) and take the Chongdong Theatre or Deoksu Palace exit and walk toward Dunkin' Donut. Turn right just after you pass the entrance to the palace and before  you reach Dunkin' Donut.  The street you go up is between Deoksu Palace and Dunkin' Donut. The Museum is about 3-5 minutes walk on the left, just past the City Hall Annex Building. Admission: KRW 700 except for special exhibitions, which usually have a general admission of around W13,000. Address: 61 Deoksugung-gil (37 Seosomun-dong) Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 덕수궁길 15)
SeMA NamSeoul and SeMS GyeongHuiGung (구 벨기에영사관(현, 서울시립미술관 남서울미술관) Address: 2076, Nambusunhwan-ro, Gwanak-gu, SeoulTel: 02-2124-8800 (Seosomun Main Blg), 02-723-2491 (Gyeonghuigun Branch) and 02-498-6240 (Nam Seoul Branch).* Museum offers an “Admission-free Day” every 4th Sunday, Lunar New Year Day, Chuseok Day, and March 1st. English Language Tours available: Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. /Thursday and Friday 4pm.

Seoul Olympic Museum - SOMA (소마미술관) is itself a work of art: a modern building constructed using environmentally-friendly, natural wooden elements. It also features an outdoor Sculpture Park. Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul. Hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 1-hour before closing). Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Seollal, Chuseok. Admission: Adults W3,000, Students W2,000, Children W1,000. Tel: 02-425-1077. Directions: Mongchontoseong Station (Line 8, Stop 813), Exit 1. Head right for about 200m inside Peace Gate. Website has some information in English.

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum (숙대박물관) focuses on the lives and works of Korean women. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10:00-17:00. Admission is free. Address: Cheongpa-ro 47-gil 100, Yongsan-gu. Directions: Sookmyung Women's University Station (line 4, stop 427) Exit 10 or Hyochang Park Station (line 6 stop 627) Exits 1 or 2. The university is about a 10-minute walk from either station. Map. Tel: 02-719-9133 or 02-2077-7209. Website in English and Korean.

The Museum of Photography, Seoul (한미사진미술관) is open weekdays and Saturdays. Hours: 10:00-19:00 daily/11:00-18:30 Saturdays & Holidays, closed Sundays. Admission: Adults W6,000 / Students W5,000, Group of 10 or more W1,000 each. Address: 45 Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul. Directions: 50m from Mongchontoseoung Station, Line No.8, Exit #2; directly across from the entrance to the Olympic Park. Buses 30, 3412 and 3413 stop at Olympic Park South Gate 2. Info: 02-418-1315 / Website - scroll to bottom of homepage to click on English.

The Trickeye Museum (트릭아이미술관) is an art gallery with paintings created using 'trompe l'oeil' techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D. Visitors can interact with the paintings, posing themselves just right so that they look as if they are part of the original work. Hours: 9:00-21:00 (Last admission: 20:00). Admission: Adults W15,000 / Under 18 W12,000.  Address:  Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 357-1, Seogyo Plaza B2. Info: 02-3144-6300. Directions: Hongik University Station ( Line 2, Stop 239), Exit 9. Go straight 150m, cross the road, and turn left onto Hongik-ro Street. Go straight 120m, and turn right down the second side street. Continue going 100m to arrive at Trickeye Museum on the right.

Total Museum of Contemporary Art (토탈미술관) is open every day from 11:00-18:00, the museum is located in Pyunchang-dong in Cenral Seoul. There is a small admission fee depending on the exhibition - usually about W3000. Address: 465-16 Pyungchang-dong, Jungno-gu, Seoul. Info: 02-379-7037. Email: /

63SkyArt Gallery Museum (63스카이아트) is located on the 60th floor of the 63-Building in Seoul. Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. Open from 10:00 to 22:00 with last admission at 21:30. Admission: 12,000 won for adults, 11,000 won for adolescents and 10,000 won for children.  Tel: 02-789-5663. The website has some introductory information in English and also a map in Korean. Directions: Yeouido Subway Station on line #5 (stop 526) follow the signs that say 63 building or just look for the biggest building there and walk that way.

ZAHA Art Museum (자하미술관) is open from 10:00-18:00. Address: 362-21 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-395-3222. Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station, Subway Line 3, Stop 327, Exit 3. Take Bus 7022, 1020, or 7212 and alight at Buamdong Residents Center or Gwanghwamun Station, Subway Line 5, Stop 533, Exit 2. Take Bus 7212 or 1020 in front of Kyobo Building, and alight at Buamdong Residents Center. Website in Korean only.

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Photo: Annex of the National Museum of Contemporary Art inside Doeksu Palace

Last Updated on 2022-02-25

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