After a long time stuck indoors staring at the same four walls, the idea of spending any more time inside can be repulsive, but it doesn’t have to be. At these amazing art installations, you’ll be sad to see the exit. If you’re needing a pick-me-up to get you going, then check out these four art installations in Korea!
Museum SAN, being located atop a mountain, offers both amazing artwork and natural landscape views. The museum starts with the outdoor Flower Garden, passing through a small grove of birch trees before reaching the Water Garden. Along the way, you’ll see many sculptures made by famous artists. Behind the main building is the Stone Garden, decorated with large tumuli-like art pieces, while the café terrace located to the side provides a place to relax while enjoying the mountainous view.
The museum’s main building, designed by famous architect Tadao Ando, is filled with interactive art. In the Paper Gallery, you can learn all about the history of paper, as well as control where ink will drop onto paper through the media art exhibition, “The Breeze.” Be sure to stop by the Triangle Courtyard for simple walls that seem to frame the sky above. The last section of Museum SAN is dedicated to four works by James Turrell. Turrell’s works are simple and yet mesmerizing, focusing entirely on the interchange between light and space. Honestly, you have to experience them directly to understand why they are so special.
Arte Museum in Jeju is a unique exhibition space that uses projections and mirrors to create unique spaces under the overarching theme “Eternal Nature.” Opened at an old speaker-production factory in October of 2020, the museum offers ten exhibition spaces complete with sounds and scents that pull you deeper into the light displays. After you experience scenery like waterfalls, beaches, and a star-filled night sky at Arte Museum, you’ll never look at nature the same.
Tip) Top 5 photo spots
- WATERFALL: Before the golden waterfall
- BEACH: With the aurora spreading over the shore
- WAVE: Just before the large wave crashes down
- STAR: Surrounded by white starlight
- FLOWER: In the flower-filled garden
There are plenty of amazing attractions in Gangneung, so it’s easy for Haslla Art World to get overlooked, but it’s definitely worth visiting. This aptly named “art world” transports you to various realms through dynamic paintings and sculptures. With just one ticket, you’ll travel from the Abiji Gallery to Modern Art Galleries 1, 2, and 3, through a tunnel, into the experience room, and end in the Pinocchio & Marionette Museum.
After you’ve completed the building exhibitions, scan the barcode on your ticket to get to the outdoor sculpture park. There are so many sculptures and art pieces here, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Take a moment to breathe, look out to the ocean horizon, and then continue exploring all the fantastic photo opportunities.
Tip) Top 5 photo spots
- “Road Walked by Saimdang” exhibition (Modern Art Hall 2)
- Photo spot in Pinocchio Museum
- “The Universe” exhibition (Outdoor Sculpture Park)
- “Tunnel” exhibition (between Modern Art Halls 2 &3)
- Ocean café terrace
Hyundai Premium Outlets – SPACE1 is Korea’s first gallery-type outlet for people who want to enjoy shopping in an artist environment. The outlet opened in June, 2020, and offers elements of a shopping mall, art gallery, and theme park all rolled into one. The main art installations are the outdoor Cube Square and indoor Jamie Hayon Garden and Mocha Play. Cube Square is located in the center of the shopping mall and features a large red sculpture created with the theme “Festival.” Jaime Hayon Garden was designed by the famous Spanish designer of the same name, and offers interesting sculptures set within nature. Visitors with children will love Moka Play, complete with colorful murals, playground equipment, and the Moka Library, set within a maze.
* This column was last updated in January 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.