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The Smithsonian will present 140 winning photo contest entries at Dongdaemun Design Plaza until March 15. / Courtesy of D Communication, Photo by Colleen Pinski.


‘Pre & Free’

Donhwamun Traditional Theater

Until May 27

Donhwamun Traditional Theater runs a special traditional Korean music performance program, “Pre & Free,” from March 3 to May 27.

Donhwamun Traditional Theater has prepared diverse performances that suit the tastes of each of the five different audience groups: children, teenagers, senior citizens, foreigners and the general public. Through “Pre & Free,” the theater aims to encourage audiences to have more interest in traditional Korean music. 25 artists and bands will participate in the performances.

Tickets cost 5,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 3210-7001.

‘Saturday Performance of Korean Music & Dance’

National Gugak Center

Throughout 2017

Every Saturday, Korean music and dance performances will be presented at the National Gugak Center.

For over 30 years, the National Gugak Center has provided audiences with traditional music and dance performances every Saturday. This year, the center aims to present a more profound level of traditional Korean performing arts, through programs such as “Listening to Traditional Korean Music in Depth” and “Traditional Korean Singing and Dancing Performance for the Enthusiasts.” In addition, starting this year, the performances will be staged at the newly renovated Umyeondang Theater, which is designed to convey traditional sounds to audiences without using any speakers or microphones.

Tickets cost 10,000 to 20,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 580-3300.


‘The Opening of Korea in 1876: From Continent to Ocean’

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Until March 26

The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History holds a special exhibition that presents the opening of Korea and the transformation it brought to Korean society.

1876 was the year Korea opened itself to international society for the first time and began to form international relations with Western countries. This brought rapid modernization and changes to Korean society. The exhibition features 300 artifacts from this period, including maps, documents of foreign relations, weapons, paintings and medical instruments.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (02) 3703-9200.

‘Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum’

National Museum of Korea

Until Apr. 9

The National Museum of Korea will exhibit 229 Egyptian treasures from Brooklyn Museum, New York, until Apr. 9.

The exhibition consists of six sections: “Belief in the World After Death,” “Egyptian Mummy,” “Funerals of the Upper Class and Grave Goods,” “Funeral Costs,” “Animals in Ancient Egypt” and “Animal Mummy with the Spirits of Gods.” Each section will include valuable relics such as Egyptian mummies, statues, coffins and masks.

This exhibition will be an opportunity to learn about the ancient Egyptians’ religious beliefs and their attitude towards death.

Admission costs 13,000 won. For more information, visit or call 1688-9891.

Yu Hyun-mok, Between the Reality and Film

Korean Film Museum

Until Apr. 16

Celebrating the 7th anniversary of the death of film director Yu Hyun-mok, the Korean Film Museum presents a special exhibition until Apr. 16.

Yu Hyun-mok is one of the greatest directors in Korean film history, who led the golden age of Korean film. He debuted as a director in 1956 with “The Crossroad,” and made 46 movies during his career. By presenting Yu’s relics, including scenarios, continuities, notes and desk, the museum intends to enable audiences to broaden their understanding of a great artist and his artwork.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (02) 3153-2072.

‘In the Footsteps of the Artists: Artist and Archiver’

Kimdaljin Art Archives and Museum

Until Apr. 29

Kimdaljin Art Archives and Museum presents a special exhibition, “In the Footsteps of the Artists: Artist and Archiver” until Apr. 29.

In this exhibition, handwritten manuscripts, letters, oil paintings, prints, pamphlets and drawings of various Korean artists from the 1930s to 1990s will be presented. Through such archival materials, visitors will be able to learn more about the everyday lives of the artists, and the times and places they lived in.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (02) 730-6216.

‘Hangeul Design: Prototypes and Future of Korean Alphabet’

National Hangeul Museum

Until May 28

The National Hangeul Museum runs a special exhibition on hangeul and design until May 28.

This exhibition consists of two sections. The first section presents all 33 chapters of Hunminjeongeum, a document published and proclaimed by King Sejong that describes hangeul, through a video and artwork. The second section features 30 designs that are inspired by hangeul.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (02) 2124-6200.

‘Africa, the Vibrant Continent’

Bank of Korea Money Museum

Until May 31

The Bank of Korea Money Museum is running a special exhibition, “Africa, the Vibrant Continent,” until May 31.

Currencies contain diverse pictures that represent each country. Therefore, currencies enable us to learn about the culture and history of different nations. By presenting currencies of numerous African countries, the Bank of Korea Money Museum provides an opportunity to enhance knowledge and understanding of Africa and its 54 countries. The exhibition consists of 12 sections, and each section uncovers history, struggle for independence and democracy, beautiful wildlife, amazing culture, interesting economics and the great peoples of African nations.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (02) 759-4881.

Art Exhibitions

‘Hundertwasser _ The Green City’

Sejong Art Museum

Until March 12

An exhibition featuring works of Austrian painter and architect Hundertwasser will be held through March 12, at Sejong Art Museum.

Hundertwasser is one of Austria’s representative artists, who received a wide range of recognition for his colorful and bold paintings and environmentally friendly architecture. He devoted his life to environmental protection and world peace. This exhibition will present around 250 pieces of his art including oil paintings, tapestries and architectural sketches.

Admission costs 15,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 555-3945.

‘Look Smithsonian Photo Exhibition _ Incredible or Fascinating’

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Until March 15

For the first time in Korea, photographs from the Smithsonian Museum will be exhibited at Dongdaemun Design Plaza until March 15.

The world’s largest museum institution, the Smithsonian, holds the “Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest” every year. This exhibition provides one place to appreciate the 140 winners of the competition. The exhibition aims to present meaningful moments in daily lives and evoke thoughtful insights.

Admission costs 12,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 332-8011.

‘Le Corbusier Special Exhibition’

Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Design Museum

Until March 26

For the first time in Korea, works of the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier will be presented in Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts center through March 26.

Le Corbusier is known as the pioneer of modern architecture. He founded the basic theories and principles of modern architecture and city planning, created apartment housing, and strongly influenced the form of housing in cities. 17 of his architecture projects are registered as UNESCO world heritage sites.

In this special exhibition, 500 pieces of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and videos will be presented. The visitors will also be able to take a look at one of his representative architectures, “The Chapelle of Notre-Dame-du Haut” through a virtual reality video.

Admission costs 15,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 532-4407

‘Da Vinci Codex’

Culture Station Seoul 284

Until Apr. 16

Culture Station Seoul 284 holds a special exhibition on artworks inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex, until Apr. 16.

As an artist, architect and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci left “The Codex,” a collection of manuscripts on his scientific inquiries. This exhibition features paintings, designs, architecture and media art that are based on the Codex, created by six teams of artists. Through the integration of diverse genres and technologies, the artworks represent the fundamental value of the Codex: harmony and convergence of different fields. The exhibition will offer audiences an opportunity to appreciate da Vinci’s ideas and creativity from various points of view.

Admission costs 17,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 779-5773.


D Museum

Until May 28

Focusing on youth culture and the way it influences different fields of contemporary art, D Museum presents a special exhibition, “Youth,” until May 28

Youth culture has inspired numerous contemporary artists in different fields, including music, photography, fashion and video art. Through around 240 art pieces by 25 artists, this exhibition provides a look at youth culture and its meanings. It includes works of Dash Snow, who captures rebellious characteristics of youth and their angst and agony, as well as photographs by Ryan McGinley who documents the liberty, vitality and passion of youth.

Admission costs 8,000 won. For more information, visit or call (070) 5097-0020.


‘Franky and Friends’

Coex Art Hall

Until Apr. 2

Children’s musical “Franky and Friends” will be staged at Coex Art Hall until Apr. 2.

A little bear named Franky refuses to have beans for dinner, and eats greasy food served by a witch instead. That night, he has a stomachache. Franky and his friends try to figure out why he became so sick. With a humorous story, the musical teaches children the importance of a healthy diet.

Tickets cost 30,000 won. For more information, visit or call (02) 3672-0900.

Sports Games

March 11

Busan KT Sonicboom vs. Wonju Dongbu Promy

Busan Sajik Indoor Gymnasium

Goyang Orions vs. Incheon ET Land Elephants

Goyang Gymnasium

Changwon LG Sakers vs. Seoul SK Knights

Changwon Indoor Gymnasium

March 12

Anyang KGC vs. Ulsan Mobis Phoebus

Anyang Gymnasium

Seoul Samsung Thunders vs. Goyang Orions

Jamsil Indoor Stadium

Jeonju KCC Egis vs. Seoul SK Knights

Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium


Let’s Run Park Seoul

Let’s Run Park Seoul holds races from 10:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. It is located by Seoul Racecourse Park Station, subway line 4, exit 3. For more information, call (02) 509-1114 or visit

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