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City of Seoul
Quickly becoming one of the most modern countries in the world, South Korea is at the forefront of contemporary art. Seoul is seen as one of the most up-and-coming hubs for fashion and art. A unique infusion of influences such as ancient Buddhist and Confucian artworks, as well as popular culture and modern social issues, art in South Korea continues to flourish and impress. The past two decades have seen a large artistic boom in Seoul, perhaps even the largest that Asia has ever seen. The art scene here really caters for a vast variety of tastes, and is home to some of the most unique artworks in the world.
In this culturally rich city, there is an abundance of great museums to visit. A significant number of them showcase the nation’s history – from the prehistoric era to the present day. Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a great museum to start with. You can discover there South Korea’s past, with a close focus on its political history, This museum also promotes an image of the high-tech Korea, offering creative and unique experiences through interactive devices. Another recommended museum is the National Museum of Korea. Located in the heart of Seoul, it showcases over 220,000 artworks spanning from the ancient and medieval eras to early modern history. You will definitely not fall short of discovering some great pieces of art there.
Forget Paris, Rome and Madrid – European cities do not have a monopole for excellent art galleries, Seoul has a multitude of art spaces dedicated to all art genres. One of the more futuristic creative space is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza – the building is an art piece itself and comprises of five halls and a History and Culture Park. Its gallery focuses on design and modern art, and strives to support local artists to help them launch their careers. Another great gallery to visit is the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMa), where you can find fine art and join free art classes in Korean traditional arts and crafts.