In light of International Museum Day (May 18), Seoul will designate the week of May 14 (Tues.) to May 19 (Sun.) as the 2019 Seoul Museum Week during which various programs will be available to citizens.
2019 Seoul Museum Week
The 2019 Seoul Museum Week will introduce Seoul’s lesser-known museums and art museums to the public, offering an opportunity for new discoveries and visits.
The main events will include, “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators,” “Walking to Museums and Art Museums,” “Sticker Tour,” and “10 Thousand Museums, 10 Thousand Colors, Seoul’s Museums and Art Museums.” A free shuttle bus service will be available for easy access to the major museums.
The “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators” program will consist of four differently-themed, 2-hour courses that will be operated twice a day at 10:00 and 14:00 on the 18th and 19th. Reservations can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Seoul’s Reservation for Public Service website.
Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators
|Course Name||Tour Course|
|Independence Movement in Museums||Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, Gyeonggyojang|
|Museums inside of Hanok||Seoul Education Museum, Baek In-je House Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum|
|Museums within Modern Buildings||Seoul Museum of Art, Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum, Jungmyeongjeon Hall|
|People in Museums||Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum, Central Post Office, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History|
The Museum and Art Museum Walking Tour Courses is recommended to citizens who want to enjoy museums located in and around Seoul’s major tourist attractions.
Walking to Museums and Art Museums
|Course Name||Tour Course|
|Jeong-dong Modern History Street||Seoul Museum of History → Donuimun Museum Village → Former Russian Legation → Gojonguigil (The path taken by Gojong) →Jungmyeongjeon Hall → Ewha Woman’s University Museum → Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum → Seoul Museum of Art|
|Bukchon, Neighborhood of Joseon’s Yangban (Noblemen)||Jeongdok Public Library → Baek In-je House Museum → Bukchon Hanok Village → Bukchon Museum → Gahoe Museum|
|Seochon, the Artists’ Village||Suseong-dong Valley → Site of Yoon Dong-ju’s Boarding House → Park No-soo Art Museum → Sajikdan Altar → National Palace Museum of Korea → Gyeongbokgung Palace|
|Elegance of Namsan Mountain||Seoul Namsan Tower → Museum of Performing Arts → Jangchungdan Park → Namsangol Hanok Village → Former Site of Tonggambu (Japanese Office)|
|Museums and Seoul Station||Culture Station Seoul 284 → Seoullo 7017 → Namdaemun Presbyterian Church → Sungnyemun Gate → Yakhyeon Catholic Church → Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall|
|Museums Along the City Fortress||Dongdaemun History & Culture Park → Heunginjimun Gate → Seoul City Wall Museum → Iumpium Sewing History Center → Nam June Paik Memorial Museum|
|Meeting Baekje in Hanseong||Mongchon Museum of History → Mongchontoseong → Seoul Baekje Museum → Olympic Park|
|Seongbuk-dong, the First Neighborhood in the North of Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall)||Choi Sunu House → Seonjamdan → Seonjam Museum → Seongbuk Museum of Art → Manhae Han Yongun Simujang|
Citizens who visit museums and art museums during Museum Week can participate in an event to win a ticket to the David Hockney exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art.
How to Participate in the Sticker Tour
Recommended Korea Tour Packages
- Visit four Sticker Tour locations to collect stickers
- Bring the program book filled with stickers to receive a voucher for an extra ticket to the David Hockney exhibition that will be provided with the purchase of a regular admission ticket
– Participating locations: Gyeomjae Jeongseon Art Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum, Donuimun Museum, Park No-soo Art Museum, Nam June Paik Memorial Museum, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seongbuk Museum of Art
The ‘Museum Shuttle’service that will be making rounds to the major museums in Jongno and Bukchon will operate free of charge for two days, on the 18th and 19th, from 10:00 to 16:30 in 30-minute intervals.
The shuttle buses will depart every thirty minutes after the hour and every hour, on the hour, from the Seoul Museum of History (Kumho Asiana Main Tower). Curators will also be riding the buses to offer guided tours of neighboring museums and routes.
Starting at the Seoul Museum of History, the buses will stop at eleven museums. Visitors will be able to visit 27 museums and art museums located within the vicinity of the bus stops.
|Bus Stop||Neighboring Museums and Historic Sites|
|1||Seoul Museum of History|
(in front of Kumho Asiana Main Tower)
|Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, The Korean National Police Heritage Museum, Sehwa Museum of Art|
|2||National Palace Museum of Korea||National Palace Museum of Korea, Daelim Museum|
|3||National Museum of Korean Contemporary History||National Museum of Korean Contemporary History|
|4||National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul||National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), National Folk Museum of Korea, Kumho Museum of Art|
|5||Seoul Education Museum||Seoul Education Museum, Art Sonje Center, World Jewellery Museum|
|6||Baek In-je House Museum||Baek In-je House Museum, Bukchon Traditional Museum, Myeong In Museum, Gahoe Minhwa Museum|
|7||Go Hui-dong Arts Museum||Go Hui-dong Arts Museum|
|8||ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE||ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE|
|9||Central Buddhist Museum||Central Buddhist Museum, OCI Museum of Art, Mokin Gallery, Bona Museum, Museum Kimchikan|
|10||Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum||Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum|
|11||Gwanghwamun Station||Ilmin Museum of Art, Presseum, Art Center Nabi|
During Museum Week there will be special exhibitions, educational programs, and events at participating museums and art museums. More information can be found on the Seoul Museum and Art Museum website and program books will be distributed at public museums in Seoul.
Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government