The National Museum of Contemporary Art is a definite must-see in the art world of Korea. It’s an interesting space where one can gain an artistic view of the intersection of Korea’s once xenophobic culture with its current open embrace of the outside world.
Though not as famous as the Seoul Museum of Art, its mission to foster the valuable and challenging works of modern Korean artists makes it well worth your visit. Here are some more art galleries around the Cheongdam area.
Cheongdam Art Galleries
A smaller but well-designed space, Gallery EM is an excellent stop for contemporary Korean photography as well as other media.
Hours: Tues – Fri 10 am – 6:30pm / Sat 11am – 6pm Website:galleryem.co.kr Phone: 02-544-8145
PKM Trinity Gallery
The PKM Trinity Gallery has more of a Los Angeles vibe, showcasing modern art that will be well-received by a hipper and younger crowd. Come here for thought-provoking art and the relaxing cafe.
Hours: Mon – Sat 10:30 am – 6 pm. Closed Sun Website: pkmgallery.com Phone: 02- 515-9496
Yoondang Art Hall
This gallery, complete with café and performance hall, manages to be bright and clean without feeling sterile. Visit here for some contemporary fine art from Korean artists, many of whom have studied abroad.
Hours: 10 am – 8:30 pm Website: ydart.co.kr Phone: 02-546-8095