Cultural experiences in downtown Seoul in 2016!


To celebrate the new year, Seoul Metropolitan Government is offering a diverse range of cultural events for everyone to enjoy with family, friends, or loved ones in January 2016.

The Sejong Arts Center will host the New Year’s Concert: Opening Up Tomorrow By Yesterday’s Light on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sejong Grand Theater. This concert aims to create a connection between the music of the past and the music of the present by featuring young musicians who are striving to popularize traditional Korean music and pioneer new genres. They will present a performance that promotes the coexistence of yesterday and today, of old and new. Ticket prices range from KRW 20,000 to 50,000 (inquiries: 02-399-1000).

Parents who wish to give their children special memories during the vacation months should consider taking them to see The Tempest, a musical reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s famous romantic masterpiece. This performance will be held at the Sejong M Theater from January 13 (Tues) to 31 (Sun). Viewers can expect a family-friendly version of the original work that still expresses the same profound emotional depth and meaning. Moreover, each performance of the play will provide English subtitles and a study guide to each audience member, giving them the rare opportunity to enhance their understanding of the play by reading the original text while viewing the live performance. The Tempest is great for not only Shakespeare enthusiasts but also parents who want to give their children more exposure to English. Ticket prices range from KRW 20,000 to 40,000 (inquiries: 02-399-1000).


Until March 13 (Sun), the Seoul Museum of Art will put the spotlight on the creative world of world-famous movie director Stanley Kubrick. A titan of the movie industry who created some of the most innovative films in movie history, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick has been paid homage by some of the most eminent movie directors of our time, including Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg. Held in Asia for the first time, this exhibition is also significant as it is the largest of its kind to date.

Until February 21, the SeMA Nam Seoul Living Arts Museum will be featuring the SeMA Modern History Project Evolved Museum: The Former Belgian Consulate. The exhibition gives a glimpse into the past and highlights the present of the building that once served as the Belgian Consulate during the Daehan Empire and is currently being used as the Nam Seoul Living Arts Museum. This exhibit provides a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the rich historic significance of this modern cultural heritage while appreciating its present value as an art museum.

The Sejong Museum of Art is currently holding an exhibition on Paik Nam June, the father of two-way TV communication, titled Paik Nam June: Groove_Heung. This special exhibition sheds new light on the creative world of Paik in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death and will be open to the public until January 29. On Fridays and Saturdays during the exhibition period, informal lectures will be held on Paik’s work. As the meaning behind Paik’s artwork is often difficult to grasp at first, the Museum is permitting visitors to view the exhibition on two separate occasions with one ticket.

Until March 13, the Seoul Museum of History will be holding Gyeonghuigung Palace Still Lives, an exhibition outlining the 400-year history of the palace that was deeply treasured by Kings Yeongjo and Jeongjo. Having served alongside Changdeokgung Palace as one of the two main palaces of the royal family in the late Joseon period, Gyeonghuigung Palace and its history will be presented in detail through over 200 relics, including stone statues and palace records. This exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse into the extensive history of this remarkable palace.

Until March 27, the DDP Design Museum will be holding the fifth segment of The Treasures of Kansong : Flowers, Birds, and Animals in Korean Painting. The paintings of flowers, birds, insects, and fish featured in this exhibition show that this genre was just as popular with ancient Koreans as landscape and portrait paintings. Featuring the most representative artworks from a period that spans 500 years, from the reign of King Gongmin in late Goryeo to the time of artist Lee Do-hyeong in late Joseon, the exhibition will show visitors the differences in painting styles across multiple generations.

For more information or specific inquiries on cultural events in January, please refer to the Seoul Culture Portal (, the website of the hosting organization, or the 120 Dasan Call Center.

Hosting OrganizationEvent NameDate and TimeVenueAdmission FeeInquiries
Dongdaemun Design PlazaThe Treasures of Kansong 5: Flowers, Birds, and Animals in Korean PaintingOct. 23 (Fri) ~ Mar. 27 (Sun)
Tues to Sun:
(Wed and Fri: open until 21:00)
Design Museum (2F)
General: KRW 8,0002153-0000
Seoul Metropolitan GovernmentSeoul Plaza Ice Skating RinkDec. 17 (Thu) ~ Feb. 9 (Tues)Seoul PlazaKRW 1,000070-4035-3051
SeMAHyundai Card Culture Project 19 “Stanley Kubrick”Nov. 29 (Sun) ~ Mar. 13 (Sun)
Weekdays: 10:00~20:00
Weekends: 10:00~18:00
Closed on Jan. 1 and Mondays
Seoul Museum of Art, Seosomun Main Building (2F, 3F)Adults: KRW 13,000
Youths: KRW 10,000
Children: KRW 8,000
SeMAEvolved Museum: The Former Belgian ConsulateDec. 15 (Tues) ~ Feb. 21 (Sun)
Weekdays: 10:00~20:00
Weekends: 10:00~18:00
(Closed on Jan 1 and Mondays)
SeMA Nam Seoul Living Arts MuseumFree of charge598-6247
Seoul Museum of HistoryGyeonghuigung Palace Still LivesDec. 11 (Fri) ~ Mar. 13 (Sun)
(Closed on Jan 1 and Mondays)
Seoul Museum of History
(Special Exhibition Hall A)
Free of charge724-0274
Sejong Arts CenterThe TempestJan. 13 (Wed) ~ Jan. 31 (Sun)
Thurs: 11:00
Fri: 07:30
Sat: 14:00,17:00
Sun: 14:00
(Closed on Mondays)
Sejong M TheaterR seats: KRW 40,000
S seats: KRW 30,000
A seats: KRW 20,000
Sejong Arts CenterNew Year’s Concert: Opening Up Tomorrow By Yesterday’s LightJan. 7 (Thu)
Sejong Grand TheaterVIP seats: KRW 50,000
R seats: KRW 40,000
S seats: KRW 30,000
A seats: KRW 20,000
Sejong Arts CenterPaik Nam June: Groove_HeungNov. 13 (Fri) ~ Jan. 29 (Fri)
10:30~19:30 (last admission at 19:00)
Sejong Museum of Art
(Halls 1 and 2)
Adult: KRW 9,000
Child: KRW 4,000
(Ticket good for one additional reentry)
Seoul City Wall MuseumA Journey to the Modern Seoul City WallDec. 1 (Tues) ~ Feb. 14 (Sun)
(Sat, Sun, holidays: 09:00~18:00)
Seoul City Wall MuseumFree of charge724-0243