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Fast becoming one of the most rapidly modernized countries in the world, South Korea is at the forefront of contemporary art, more specifically, Seoul. Seoul is becoming 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 is continuing to flourish and impress. The past two decades have seen a large artistic boom in Seoul, perhaps the largest Asia has seen. The art scene here really caters to a variety of tastes, and is home to some of the most unique artworks in the world.
In this culturally rich city, there are an abundance of great museums to visit. A variety of museums showcase the nation’s history – from the prehistoric era to the present day – Seoul is where South Korea’s traditional and modern cultures coexist. A great museum to visit where you can learn about South Korea’s past, more specifically the culture and political history, Cheongwadae Sarangchae is worth a visit. This museum also promotes the image of a 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, this museum is a cultural complex that preserves and displays relics and is host to a variety of programs. 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 artworks here.
Forget Paris, Rome and Madrid – European cities are not the only cities that have excellent art galleries, Seoul has a multitude of art spaces dedicated to all art genres across the city. A more futuristic creative space is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza – the building is basically an art piece
itself and comprises of five halls and a History and Culture Park. This gallery focuses on design and modern art, and strives to support local artists and help to launch their careers. Another great gallery to visit is the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMa), where you will find fine art, and can join free art classes in Korean traditional arts.