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100 TOURIST SPOTS IN KOREA [Seoul] A Renaissance in a Historic Palace: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA: Seosomun Main Building)
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SeMA is housed in a former court building with an arched entrance and a brown tile façade. The building is an immaculate example of the 1920s façade, making its historic value in architecture considerable. Originally built as the Hanseong Court in 1895, it was renamed as Gyeongseong Regional Court during the Japanese forced occupation and hosted the Supreme Court of Korea after the liberation. After the Supreme Court’s relocation in 1995, it became the home of Seoul’s premier art museum. Today’s SeMA serves as a systematic collector and repository of art, which is brought to the public with interesting feature exhibitions. There are 6 exhibition spaces located throughout its three-story building, with 1 exhibition hall housing 32 out of the 93 pieces donated by artist Chun Kyung-ja since 2002. Other on-site facilities include lecture halls, seminar rooms, a museum hall, and a cafeteria.*Exhibitions can only be accessed with reservations in line with SARS-CoV-2 regulations in the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area.
While you’re in the area, we recommend that you check out the nearby Jeongdong-gil, which retains the classical heart of Seoul with buildings such as SeMA, Jeongdong Theater, and Chungdong First Methodist Church. Discover the sculptures located throughout the neighborhood, and look far and wide to see the charming stone fences.
How to Get There
7–10 min by foot from Exit 2 of City Hall Station and Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 2
Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / services for visitors with auditory impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental / sign language interpreter
Web page sema.seoul.go.kr
Summer (March–October) 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, before 7:00 p.m.)
Winter (November–February) 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, before 6:00 p.m.)
* Last admission is 1 hr before closing time
* Closed every Monday and January 1
* Museum night event: Extended closing on the second and final Wednesday of the month (before 10:00 p.m.)
Parking Public transportation is recommended given limited parking space.
Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (two outdoor parking spaces).
Fee Depends on the exhibition
Audio Guide An audio guide is available (front desk at the first-floor exhibition space).
A baby changing station is available (within the lactation room, first floor restrooms, and the children’s playroom on the first floor).
A lactation room is available (within the first-floor playroom).
Braille blocks, a barrier-free elevator, and staff assistance are available.
Source: Korea Tourism Organization