2019 Seoul Museum Week - Good chance to visit

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 NameTour Course
Independence Movement in MuseumsSeoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, Gyeonggyojang
Museums inside of HanokSeoul Education Museum, Baek In-je House Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum
Museums within Modern BuildingsSeoul Museum of Art, Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum, Jungmyeongjeon Hall
People in MuseumsGongpyeong 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 NameTour Course
Jeong-dong Modern History StreetSeoul 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’ VillageSuseong-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 MountainSeoul Namsan Tower → Museum of Performing Arts → Jangchungdan Park → Namsangol Hanok Village → Former Site of Tonggambu (Japanese Office)
Museums and Seoul StationCulture Station Seoul 284 → Seoullo 7017 → Namdaemun Presbyterian Church → Sungnyemun Gate → Yakhyeon Catholic Church → Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall
Museums Along the City FortressDongdaemun History & Culture Park → Heunginjimun Gate → Seoul City Wall Museum → Iumpium Sewing History Center → Nam June Paik Memorial Museum
Meeting Baekje in HanseongMongchon 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
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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

  • 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.

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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.

Shuttle Routes

Bus StopNeighboring Museums and Historic Sites
1Seoul 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
2National Palace Museum of KoreaNational Palace Museum of Korea, Daelim Museum
3National Museum of Korean Contemporary HistoryNational Museum of Korean Contemporary History
4National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), National Folk Museum of Korea, Kumho Museum of Art
5Seoul Education MuseumSeoul Education Museum, Art Sonje Center, World Jewellery Museum
6Baek In-je House MuseumBaek In-je House Museum, Bukchon Traditional Museum, Myeong In Museum, Gahoe Minhwa Museum
7Go Hui-dong Arts MuseumGo Hui-dong Arts Museum
9Central Buddhist MuseumCentral Buddhist Museum, OCI Museum of Art, Mokin Gallery, Bona Museum, Museum Kimchikan
10Gongpyeong Historic Sites MuseumGongpyeong Historic Sites Museum
11Gwanghwamun StationIlmin 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.

Seoul Museum Week

Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

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