Self-proclaimed Art Shelter in the City, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (Soma) is a human-size celebration of modern & contemporary art. A great alternative to monumental exhibitions, with opened windows to the surrounding Sculpture Park, Soma can easily be combined with a family walk in our favorite Olympic Park.
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art and the Sculpture Park were first opened in 2004 and still feel totally fresh & contemporary. The architecture, the large windows opening towards greenery, the facilities – all were carefully thought out to provide “a resting place for public created to celebrate the fruits of Seoul Olympic“. We indeed loved the building, the intimate & warm feeling, as well as the possibility to mix this cultural visit with an outdoor activity in the Olympic Park.
You need to rush to see the current exhibitions which run only until next week-end Dec. 22, 2013. Entitled Asia Code_Zero, it celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Seoul Olympics – with works from acclaimed Asian artists such as Subodh Gupta, Yukinori Yanagi, Gao Lei, Sangkyoon Noh and more. We and our two little ones loved it!
After the museum, you can relax and taste a ’58° Real Dark Chocolate’ from the next-door Angel-in-us Coffee. Or just enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden and as always the beautiful and vast Olympic Park. As we visited mid-december, the park was half covered with snow – just like in a fairy tale!
How to get there:
- Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea (138-749)
- T.02-425-1077 F.02-410-1339
Subway: Line 8 (Pink Line), Mongchontoseong Station – Exit 1 then Walk 200m to the right inside World Peace Gate
Car: Parking available at South Gate 3 or 4 (3-hour free parking with a validation stamp)
- 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last Entry at 5pm)
- Closed: Every Mondays, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year’s Day, Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
- Fees: Adults 3,000 KRW; Youths (13~18) 2,000 KRW; Children (4~12) 1,000 KRW
For localization go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families