As the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism kicked off on September 7, the city of Seoul will open the event to the public for three days (Sept. 12-14) so that citizens who are staying in the city or those visiting can enjoy the Biennale worry-free during the Chuseok holiday. Visitors can view the Thematic Exhibition held in DDP and the main exhibition of the Biennale, free of charge during this period.
Seoul has also presented customized courses for families, couples, friends, and students majoring in architecture to enjoy the Biennale and hot spots nearby, as well as the Top 5 Must-See Programs.
First, the “course for families” is a course for exploring the city while offering children vivid on-site education and providing other family members with cherishable memories. These courses include, ① picking and making a city collection out of the 77 candidate cities exhibited at Donuimun Museum Village, ② building a structure with model kits at DDP, ③ enjoying good food for when you get hungry at Tongin & Gyeongdong Markets, and ④ exploring the things on sale in the markets held in Sewoon & Daerim Plazas.
Second, the “course for couples” will help you and your loved one make special memories traveling across the city of Seoul. These courses include, ① looking at the exhibition in DDP and playing a board game while solving quizzes related to the exhibition, ② looking around the market selling collections once owned by designers in Sewoon & Daerim Plazas, ③ taking a walk and looking at the exhibits from Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture through the Path of King Gojong, a path recently open to the public located behind Deoksugung Palace, all the way to Donuimun Museum Village, and ④ listening to the commentary of a specialist while having snacks at the Mangwon Market.
Third, the “course for friends” is a good course for close friends who can share their thoughts with each other. These courses include, ① looking around the markets in Sewoon & Daerim Plazas, ② walking through the Gwangjang Market, which is famous for their mung-bean pancakes and addictive gimbaps, ③ looking at the exhibition in DDP while listening to the docent program on the weekend, and ④ participating in the Cities Exhibition Book Talk at the Donuimun Museum Village, where visitors can talk directly with the artists and authors who created the works and publications of the Biennale’s Cities Exhibition.
Fourth, the “course for students majoring in architecture” lets students reflect on the social roles of architects and discover the possibilities of their profession. These courses include, ① viewing the works of the students from 43 universities from around the world at the Global Studio in Sewoon Hall in Sewoon Plaza, ② taking a look at the Thematic Exhibition, the main exhibition of the Biennale, in DDP, and ③ exploring the results of research on traditional markets at the Seoul Museum of History. If you also listen to the forums and lectures accompanying the exhibitions, you can have the opportunity to learn on-site, outside the university.
The Top 5 Must-See Programs are recommended by the city of Seoul to the citizens who want to enjoy the vast programs of Biennale in a nutshell. These programs are 1) the “Thematic Exhibition-Film,” a video of various places around the world under the theme of collective city, 2) “The City Speaks to Me” that allows visitors to find out which city fits them best while collecting QR codes in the exhibition halls of Donuimun Museum Village, 3) the “Pavillion Project” by Seo Seung-Mo and the association of university architecture departments in Seoul, 4) the “Open House Seoul” to unveil the buildings that are not open to the public on regular days, and 5) the “Underground City Exploration” to explore hidden underground spaces, including the air-raid shelter in Gyeonghuigung Palace and SeMA Bunker in Yeouido.
In addition, a “Stamp Tour” program will be operated during the Biennale. 1,000 citizens who collected stamps in each of the exhibition venues will receive official free gifts of the Biennale on a first-come, first-served basis.
Go to English Tour Book of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
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