Appear modestly in the bosom of the past
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is located at the entrance of Samcheongdong-gil, opposite Gyeongbok Palace and below Bukchon Hanok Village.
Due to these geographical features, it designed as a concept ‘Intangible Art Museum’ that could naturally blend in with historical and cultural surroundings.
Yard-oriented art museum.
Considering the harmony between the Defense Security Command building built of red bricks and the traditional Korean house style cultural property of ‘Jongchinbu’, the museum was constructed as a yard-oriented art museum.
The outer wall of the museum building is based on a special terracotta design from Amkigawa(concave tile), the roof of the hanok.
Open art museum in everyday life
In addition, the museum is an “open art museum in everyday life” that has been opened to allow visitors to enter the museum on four sides of the surrounding road by creating six courtyards within the museum’s site, including the “Art Museum yard” the “Exhibit House yard” the “Jongchinbu yard” the “Gyeongbok Palace yard” and the “Open yard”.
The “Art Museum yard” is a major yard built at the entrance of the ground floor, and can be used as an outdoor installation art exhibition space and performance venue as well as a resting place for visitors and citizens.
Green art museum
It operates using solar power and geothermal power, uses natural light as an internal lighting in the exhibition hall, and practices “green art museum” as a sustainable building by applying ecological plants.
Inside the museum, eight exhibition rooms are scattered irregularly, allowing visitors to freely view the museum regardless of the human traffic.
In addition, cultural facilities such as movie theaters, multi-project halls, media labs and digital information rooms, as well as various amenities including art shops, digital book cafes, restaurants, cafeterias and food courts.
Exhibition area: 8,789㎡
Exhibition Hall Information
Exhibition Hall, Office, Storage, Membership Lounge, Cafe, etc.
Admission / Participation Fees
Single Admission: 4,000 won
* Free admisson: Evening hours (18:00-21:00), students (ages 24 & younger), seniors (ages 65 & over), last Wednesday of each month
Credit Cards Accepted
Available (161 spaces)
2,000 won for two hours (1,000 won for each additional 30 minutes)
Prior-reservation for groups of 10 people or more
Info. Services for Koreans
* Audio guide (paid service): Rental is available at the Information Desk or smart-phone application.
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