Seoul Arts Center

Attraction 2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-718, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
11:00 AM - 07:30 PM
04:30 PM
07:00 PM
First-time visit Second-time visit
Must see
People watching
3.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Seoul Arts Center is home to many artistic disciplines, comprising an Opera House, Music Hall, the Hangaram Art Museum, the Hangaram Design Museum and the Seoul Calligraphy Museum.

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Why Seoul Arts Center is special ?

Seoul Arts Center is home to many artistic disciplines, comprising an Opera House, Music Hall, the Hangaram Art Museum, the Hangaram Design Museum and the Seoul Calligraphy Museum. The center also features a fountain plaza and outdoor café, making it a popular year-round destination.

Seoul Arts Center was established to develop and promote Korean arts and culture of the highest caliber and to forge links with the international art scene. Now considered one of the world’s 10 leading arts centers, Seoul Arts Center also runs an Arts Academy which acts as a cultural bridge to help improve public access to the arts.


What to explore at Seoul Arts Center?

Visiting Seoul Arts Center, you can enjoy various performances and exhibitions at this one site.

One of the prominent aspects of the Seoul Arts Center is that it was built to the quality of the world's ten best art centers. The Opera House that stands in the middle of the complex, represents the Gat - a traditional Korean hat made of bamboo. You will notice that the roof of the building is the shape of the Gat. Since it is the only place in the world that has a well-preserved collection of written Chinese Characters, the Calligraphy Hall is a nice place for foreigners to visit. You can watch movies and videos at the Art Morgue.

The plot of this complex is approximately 276,800 square yards. Even if you do not enter the buildings of the complex, you will be surprised at the facilities. The outdoor space is fit for the citizens of Seoul and tourists to rest and relax. Behind the complex you will see the mountains. Follow the trail up the mountains and you will reach Daesungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple in the mountains.

The Seoul Arts Center is famous for its free, relaxing outdoor space. At the 'Jangteo' (meaning 'market') there are many events and shows. There is an outdoor theater, which has a half-moon shaped stage along with a square where many performances are held. You can also rest by Umyeonji, the Korean-style pond.


How to get to Seoul Arts Center?

1) Subway Line 3, Nambu Bus Terminal(Seoul Arts Center) Station, Exit 5

Seoul Arts Center Shuttle Bus(takes about 5~10 minutes)

Green (local line) Bus No. 4429 (takes about 5~10 minutes)

2) Subway Line 2, Seocho Station, Exit 3

Green (local line) Bus No. 11 (takes about 5~10 minutes)

3) Subway Line 3, Yangjae Station, Exit 1

Green (local line) Bus No. 17 (takes about 10~15 minutes)


Selling points

  • Modern Design, Fantastic
  • Creativity lies in the heart of Seoul
  • Interesting international exhibits
  • The best art place in Seoul
  • Beautiful architecture

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2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-718, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
  • This theater offers facilities for the Handicapped including reserved seats, wheelchair rental services, parking spaces, elevator.
  • You should not take your pets enter this theater.
  • Smoking is forbidden.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You can find further information about the Seoul Art Center, the programs and events held there, on its online English homepage.
  • There are many cafe and restaurants at there, you can enjoy after visiting.
  • Parking is available.
  • To book in advance, you can call 02) 580 - 1300 ( + Press "0" / business hours 09:00 - 18:00 / Open all year round).
  • You can become a member of the SAC and enjoy a range of benefits.


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Seoul Arts Center is Korea’s art and culture complex, an open space where visitors can enjoy cultural events year-round. Stop by the music hall, opera house, art museum, or design museum.

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I have visited two art exhibitions, done one print making class and attended a performance by the Chamber Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center and can't recommend it more highly! The Rothko and Print exhibits were amazing, though nothing was in english and there was no english brochure we could use, but since the Rothko exhibit came from the National Gallery of Art their online tutorial about Rothko was amazingly helpful! As part of the Print exhibit we paid to make our own prints which was very fun, the artist guiding us through the process spoke perfect english as he had lived in TN for a good while. And the Chamber Symphony Orchestra concert on Mother's Day was a wonderful gift! It was a little warm in the auditorium that day so make sure to wear layers. The sound was perfect and playing quite moving. We also enjoyed the musical fountain show outdoors afterwards. Since we live in Seoul we drove and parked in the convenient lots right there. It's better to pay inside for a quick exit!

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