Seoul Gradually Reopens 63 Cultural Facilities that were Closed

  • 63 cultural facilities that have been closed since February 25, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 reopened after about 70 days. To practice the “social distancing in daily life” campaign, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will be gradually resuming operation of these facilities based on an advanced reservation system and partial openings.
    On May 6, the day that the city initiated the “social distancing in daily life” campaign, 63 cultural facilities operated by the SMG, including ▴ libraries, ▴ museums, ▴ performance halls, and more, reopened for a step-by-step recommencement of their services. If you want to pay a visit to one of the facilities, it is best to first check the website to learn what to prepare, as each facility suggests different requirements. All visitors should follow the directions for disinfection, such as wearing masks and having their body temperature checked before entry.

    <Seoul Metropolitan Library Resumes Lending Service for Reserved Books>
    Seoul Metropolitan Library operates the lending service for reserved books from May 6-24. If you reserve books to borrow and visit the library, you can borrow the books at a temporary lending counter. Up to 300 people per day (200 people on Saturday or Sunday) can lend up to 5 books for 2 weeks (one-time extension of the lending period available, a maximum of 3 weeks). To return the books, you can use the unmanned box at the back gate of the library. According to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the library has plans to normalize its service where users can borrow and return books that they find on the bookshelves starting May 26.

    <Museums Limit the Number of Visitors through Advanced Reservations>
    Municipal museums, such as the Seoul Museum of History and the Seoul Baekje Museum, have resumed their services for a limited number of visitors who make reservations in advance. Everyone can make a reservation for free on the Seoul Public Service Reservation website ( Details on the number of persons to be admitted and the hours of operation of the facilities can be checked on their official websites.
    Art museums, including Seoul Museum of Art, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, and more, have reopened their doors to receive visitors through online reservation starting on May 6 (Wed.). You can make a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis on the Seoul Public Service Reservation website. The in-person docent service has not been resumed yet, but visitors can still listen to explanations of the exhibitions through the mobile application, “Seoul Museum of Art.”

    <Performance Halls and Other Cultural Facilities Reopen>
    Performance halls, such as the Seoul Namsan Gukakdang, Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, and Sejong Center, that have held performances without audiences are now preparing for greeting on-site audiences. In May, they will sell tickets through reservations for 30-50% off seats so that audiences can sit distanced from each other to watch performances.
    Seoul Book Bogo, the nation’s first public secondhand bookstore, resumed operation on May 6. From May 6-24, only the space with bookshelves and the exhibition hall will be open and cultural programs including lectures will be provided online. Depending on the progress of COVID-19, Seoul Book Bogo will reopen the book cafe and allow visitors to read used books starting on May 26.

    <Safe Enjoyment of Performances and Exhibitions at Home>
    Aside from the aforementioned facilities, many online culture and art programs will be provided in May that will bring comfort to the hearts of citizens who feel exhausted in body and soul due to the COVID-19 crisis. You can safely and comfortably enjoy cultural life online at home, including real-time broadcasting of traditional Korean music, musicals, and dances, as well as VR exhibitions and traditional cultural experiences.

    Reopening Schedule for Cultural Facilities in Seoul (63 Venues)

    ※ Available time for a visit may differ from the schedule due to the requirement of advanced reservation or partial openings.

    # Name of Facility Reopening Address Website
    14 Museums
    1 Seoul Museum of History May 6 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
    2 Gyeonggyojang Hall Closed
    *Located in the hospital
    29, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
    3 Baek Inje’s House May 6 16, Bukchon-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu
    4 Donuimun History Museum May 6 35-54, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
    5 Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum May 6 26, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu
    6 Gyeonghuigung Palace May 6 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
    7 Seoul City Wall Museum May 6 283, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
    8 Dongdaemun History Museum Under construction 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu
    9 Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial May 6 1, Eulji-ro 7-ga, Jung-gu
    10 Cheonggyecheon Museum May 6 530, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Seongdong-gu
    11 Seoul Urban Life Museum May 6 27, Dongil-ro 174-gil, Nowon-gu
    12 Seoul Baekje Museum May 6 71, Wiryeseong-daero, Songpa-gu
    13 Donuimun Museum Village May 6 Throughout 14-3, Songwol-gil, Jongno-gu
    14 Seoul Museum of Korean Folk Music May 6 5-9, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu
    8 Art Museums
    15 Seoul Museum of Art May 6 61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu
    16 Nam-Seoul Museum of Art May 6 2076, Nambusunhwan-ro, Gwanak-gu
    17 Buk-Seoul Museum of Art May 6 1238, Dongil-ro, Nowon-gu
    18 SeMA Nanji Residency Continuous operation 108-1, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu
    19 SeMA Bunker May 6 B76, Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu
    20 SeMA Storage May 6 684, Tongil-ro, Eunpyeong-gu
    21 Nam June Paik Memorial House May 6 12-1, Jong-ro 53-gil, Jongno-gu
    22 Sejong Museum of Art 1, 2 Continuous operation 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
    3 Libraries
    23 Seoul Metropolitan Library May 6 110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu
    24 Seoul Historiography Institute May 6 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu
    25 Seoul Treasure Den for Books May 6 1, Ogeum-ro, Songpa-gu
    8 Performance Halls
    26 Sejong Grand Theater Continuous operation 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
    27 Dream Forest Art Center Continuous operation 173, Wolgye-ro, Gangbuk-gu
    28 Samcheonggak Continuous operation 3, Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu
    29 Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater May 6 102, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
    30 Seoul Namsan Gukakdang May 6 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu
    31 Namsan Arts Center May 6 138, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu
    32 Samil-ro Changgo Theater May 6 12, Samil-daero 9-gil, Jung-gu
    33 Seoul Silver Cinema May 8 22, Saemunan-ro, Jung-gu
    30 Other Facilities
    34 Namsangol Hanok Village May 6 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu
    35 Unhyeongung Palace May 6 464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu
    36 DDP May 6 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu
    37 Sindangdong (Park Chung-hee’s House) May 6 25, Dasan-ro 36ga-gil, Jung-gu
    (viewing reservations)
    38 Choi Kyu-hah’s House May 6 10, Donggyo-ro 15-gil, Mapo-gu
    39 Yi Sang-beom’s House May 6 31-7, Pirundae-ro, Jongno-gu
    40 Yun Geukyeong’s House May 6 5, Insubong-ro 84-gil, Gangbuk-gu
    41 Bosingak Belfry Site May 6 54, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu
    42 Hanyangdoseong Hyehwa-dong Exhibition & Visitor Center May 6 63, Changgyeonggung-ro 35-gil, Jongno-gu
    43 Sindorim Artspace May 6 B1, 117-21, Saemal-ro, Guro-gu
    44 Chebudong Community Arts Support Center May 6 3-2, Jahamun-ro 1na-gil, Jongno-gu
    45 Peace and Culture Bunker May 6 932, Madeul-ro, Dobong-gu
    46 The Story of Sejong & The Story of the Admiral Yisunshin In June 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
    47 Sejong Arts Academy May 6 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
    48 Seoul Intangible Cultural Heritage Center May 6 13, Yulgok-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu
    20-13, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu
    49 Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture May 6 517, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Dongdaemun-gu
    50 Seoul Theater Center May 6 253-1, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu
    51 Seoul Creative Center Namsan May 6 82, Toegye-ro 26ga-gil, Jung-gu
    52 Seogyo Arts Experiment Center May 6 33, Jandari-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu
    53 Seoul Art Space Geumcheon Continuous operation 57, Beoman-ro 15-gil, Geumcheon-gu
    54 Seoul Art Space Sindang Continuous operation 87, Majang-ro, Jung-gu
    55 Seoul Art Space Yeonhui Continuous operation 6-7, Jeungga-ro 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu
    56 Seoul Art Space Mullae May 6 5-4, Gyeongin-ro 88-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
    57 Seoul Dance Center May 6 14, Myongji 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu
    58 Seoul Art Space – Jamsil Continuous operation 25, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu
    59 Seoul Art and Healing Hub May 6 17, Hoegi-ro 3-gil, Seongbuk-gu
    60 Seoul Art Space Gwanak May 20 3, Euncheon-ro 10-gil, Gwanak-gu
    61 Seoul Street Arts Creation Center May 6 710, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu
    62 Seoseoul Arts Education Center May 11 2, Nambusunhwan-ro 64-gil, Yangcheon-gu
    63 (former) Dongsoong Art Center Under construction 19, Sungkyunkwan-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu

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