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  • Operation of 66 cultural facilities in Seoul began including museums and art galleries

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    Starting on July 22 (Wed.), 66 cultural facilities in Seoul that have been closed since May 29 (Fri.) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will resume operation. The operation of facilities will begin gradually according to the characteristics of each facility with a reservation system and limit on the number of admitted visitors, ensuring safe operation in compliance with the guidelines for preventing epidemics.
    Accordingly, visitors should preemptively visit the website of the facility they wish to visit to find out more the information on facility rules and follow the rules of wearing a mask, getting their temperature taken, and signing in at the guest book.

    <Limitation on the number of visitors through reservation system for museums and art galleries…Free application on a first-come first-served basis>
    Municipal museums, such as Seoul Museum of History and Seoul Baekje Museum, as well as art galleries, such as Seoul Museum of Art (Seosomun Main Building), Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, and Nam-Seoul Museum of Art will limit the number of visitors through an online reservation system. Starting on July 21 (Tues.), anyone can make a reservation to visit the facilities free of charge via the Seoul’s Reservation for Public Service (yeyak.seoul.go.kr). Visitors should check for more details on the facilities’ websites as the number of accepted visitors and hours of operation vary by facility.
    <Seoul Metropolitan Library begins the check-out and return services of reference room and issues of membership cards… Limitation on the use of reference room>
    Limited to members with a membership card, the Seoul Metropolitan Library will provide check-out and return services according to the guidelines for preventing epidemics, such as the creation of an electronic visitation register and temperature check. However, visitors cannot use materials in the reference room.
    <Other cultural facilities resume operation…Limitation on the number of visitors according to the characteristics of each facility and the guidelines for preventing epidemics>
    Namsangol Hanok Village and Donuimun Museum Village will also resume all exhibition viewings except experience programs. Visitors can view traditional Korean houses in Namsangol Hanok Village, while the Donuimun Museum Village will open 16 village exhibition halls and limit the number of visitors to 5 people per gallery.
    The Seoul Silver Cinema , which is a cultural space for the elderly, will allow visitors to fill 40 out of the 260 seats (20%) to ensure safe distancing between viewers and reduce the number of screens from four a day to two.
    Details on the operation of cultural facilities in Seoul can be found on the website of Seoul Metropolitan City (news.seoul.go.kr/culture), and the details of each facility can be found on the website of each institution or facility.

    Schedule of Reopening of Cultural Facilities in Seoul (66 facilities)

    ※ The actual hours of visitation such as a reservations and partial openings may vary.

    Schedule of Reopening of Cultural Facilities in Seoul (66 facilities)
    No. Facility Name Opening Date Website
    < Museums > 14 museums
    1 Seoul Museum of History July 22 museum.seoul.go.kr
    2 Seoul Museum of History, Gyeonggyojang Closed
    *Located in a hospital
    3 Baek Inje’s House July 22
    4 Donuimun Museum July 22
    5 Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum July 22
    6 Gyeonghuigung Palace July 22
    7 Seoul City Wall Museum July 22
    8 Dongdaemun History Museum Under construction
    9 Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial July 22
    10 Cheonggyecheon Museum July 22
    11 Seoul Urban Life Museum July 22
    12 Seoul Baekje Museum July 22 baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr
    13 Donuimun Museum Village July 22 www.dmvillage.info
    14 Seoul Museum of Korean Folk Music July 22 gomuseum.seoul.go.kr/sekm
    < Galleries > 8 galleries
    15 Seoul Museum of Art (Seosomun Main Building) July 22 sema.seoul.go.kr
    16 Nam-Seoul Museum of Art July 22
    17 Buk-Seoul Museum of Art July 22
    18 SeMA Nanji Residency July 22
    19 SeMA Bunker July 23
    20 SeMA Storage August 7
    21 Nam June Paik Memorial House July 22
    22 Sejong Museum of Art (1 & 2) Currently in operation www.sejongpac.or.kr
    < Libraries > 3 libraries
    23 Seoul Metropolitan Library July 22 lib.seoul.go.kr
    24 Seoul Historiography Institute July 22 history.seoul.go.kr
    25 Seoul Treasure Den for Books July 22 www.seoulbookbogo.kr
    < Performance Halls > 11 halls
    26 Sejong Grand Theater Currently in operation www.sejongpac.or.kr
    27 Sejong M Theater Currently in operation
    28 Samcheonggak Currently in operation
    29 Sejong Chamber Hall Currently in operation
    30 Dream Forest Art Center Currently in operation
    31 Samcheonggak Currently in operation
    32 Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater July 22 sdtt.or.kr
    33 Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater July 22 www.hanokmaeul.or.kr
    34 Namsan Arts Center July 22 www.nsac.or.kr
    35 Samil-ro Changgo Theater July 22
    36 Seoul Silver Cinema July 22 cafe.naver.com/seoulsilvercinema
    < Other Facilities > 30 facilities
    37 Namsangol Hanok Village July 22 www.hanokmaeul.or.kr
    38 Unhyeongung Palace July 22 www.unhyeongung.or.kr
    39 DDP July 22 www.ddp.or.kr
    40 Sindangdong (Park Chung-hee’s House) July 22 yeyak.seoul.go.kr
    (Prior reservation)
    41 Choi Kyu-hah’s House in Seogyo-dong, Seoul July 22
    42 Yi Sang-beom’s House and Atelier in Nuha-dong, Seoul July 22
    43 Yun Geukyeong’s House July 22 www.bandal.org
    44 Site of Bosingak Belfry July 22 culture.seoul.go.kr
    45 Hanyangdoseong Hyehwa-dong Exhibition & Visitor Center July 22 seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr
    46 Seoul Community Cultural Center – Gori July 22 www.artgori.or.kr
    47 Seoul Community Cultural Center – Chebu July 22 www.ccasc.or.kr
    48 Peace & Culture Bunker July 22 http://dbfac.websave.co.kr/
    49 The Story of King Sejong – Chebu August 11 www.sejongstory.or.kr
    50 Sejong Arts Academy July 22 www.sejongpac.or.kr
    51 Seoul Intangible Cultural Heritage Center July 22 www.seoulmaster.co.kr
    52 Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture July 22 www.sfac.or.kr
    53 Seoul Theater Center July 22
    54 Seoul Creative Center – Namsan July 22
    55 Seogyo Arts Experiment Center July 22
    56 Seoul Art Space – Geumcheon July 22
    57 Seoul Art Space – Sindang July 22
    58 Yeonhui Creative Literature Campus July 22
    59 Mullae Art Factory August 1
    60 Seoul Dance Center July 22
    61 Seoul Art Space – Jamsil July 22
    62 Seoul Art & Healing Hub July 22
    63 Seoul Children’s Art Space – Gwanak July 29
    64 Seoul Street Arts Creation Center July 22
    65 Seoseoul Arts Education Center July 22
    66 (Former) Dongsoong Art Center Under construction
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