Seoul Urban Life Museum will temporarily open so that visitors can encounter the vivid stories of common residents of Seoul who went to school, worked, and formed families in Seoul, as well as over 1,100 hand-stained relics offer a glimpse into the modern and contemporary lives of Seoulites. The official opening of the Seoul Urban Life Museum will be in September 2019.
Seoul Urban Life Museum was established by remodeling the building of the former Seoul Northern District Court that had been abandoned since 2010, when the court complex in Nowon-gu relocated. The urban restoration, instead of dismantling or constructing a building, helps preserve the historical value of old buildings. In addition, the city of Seoul aims to revitalize the neighboring commercial district that has been stagnant after the court complex’s move by expanding the cultural infrastructure that is relatively scarce in the northeastern part of Seoul. It is one of the major projects belonging to the “Museum City Project” that the city of Seoul is pursuing to help more residents enjoy the cultural life and to popularize museums.
Seoul Urban Life Museum includes three buildings (main building, annex 1, and annex 2) with a gross area of 6,919㎡ (from 1F to 5F). It is comprised of ▴ the Exhibition Hall (from 1F to 3F of the main building), ▴ Ompang Playground children’s experience center (from 1F to 2F of the main building), ▴ the Detention Center Exhibition Hall (annex 1), and ▴ seminar rooms (annex 2). During the period of the temporary opening, the Exhibition Hall and the Ompang Playground will open to the public, offering visitors a glimpse of the same contents that will be on display at the official opening.
First, the Exhibition Hall is the space in which visitors can look into the stories of the daily lives of the people who lived in Seoul by viewing the relics provided by donations from 56 patrons and listening to interviews with 85 Seoulites.
The Exhibition Hall consists of three floors, each with a different theme: ▴ the “Seoul Scenery,” where visitors can look through the changes of Seoul through periodical photos and videos (1F), ▴ “Living in Seoul,” where visitors can learn about the people who have been living in Seoul (2F), and ▴ the “Dream of Seoul,” where visitors can be introduced with the busy lives of Seoulites while learning about the changes in their careers and their devotion to the education of their children (3F).
Ompang Playground, the experience center for children, especially for kindergarteners and lower grades of elementary school, is located on the first and second floors. The contents, combining stories about ants with which children are familiar and sensory experience play, allow children play house and stimulate their five senses while getting exercise.
During the period of the temporary opening, Seoul Urban Life Museum will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. Groups that make reservations in advanced can enjoy commentary from a guide. The museum can be accessed by Taereung Subway Station (Lines 6 and 7), Exits 5 or 6.
Period of Opening: July 26 – September 10, 2019
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Seoul Urban Life Museum (27, Dongil-ro 174-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul)
– Subway: Taereung Station (Line 6), Exit 5; Taereung Station (Line 7), Exit 6
|Full View of Seoul Urban Life Museum||Seoul Scenery on the First Floor of the Exhibition Hall|
|Childbirth and Child-rearing on the Second Floor of the Exhibition Hall||Education on the Third Floor of the Exhibition Hall|
|First Floor of the Children’s Experience Center||Second Floor of the Children’s Experience Center|