To Tuesday: “Chae Mun-gi Private Exhibition.” Chae Mun-gi creates sculptures of stainless steel, iron and bronze carrying names which seem to come from nature, yet the art does not imitate it. The surfaces of leaves create the shape of a mountain and bamboo trees and rippling water appear as scratches on the metal surfaces in this exhibit, displayed on the floor so viewers can sit down and observe. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day. Admission is free.
Jonggak station, line No. 1, exit 3 or 14, or Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 6
(02) 720-2235, http://noamgallery.com
KUNSTDOC ART GALLERY
To Dec. 14: “Word Sculpture: Aesthetics of the Real by Noh Ju-hwan.” Noh Ju-hwan’s persistent pursuit of the meeting point between language and sculpture has created a whole new genre, aptly named “word sculpture.” For this exhibition, the artist forms readable art pieces, combining books, buildings and maps of Seoul with thousands of heavy lead printing blocks. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday. Admission is free.
Gyeongbokgung station, line No. 3, exit 4
(02) 722-8897, www.kunstdoc.com
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART
To Sunday: “The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale: Dual Realities.” Examining the increasing connection between reality and the imaginary as the Internet and multimedia permeate daily life, “Dual Realities” presents the cyber-environment through media art. The museum opens at 10 a.m. every day and closes at 9 p.m weekdays and 6 p.m. weekends. Tickets are a bargain at 200 won to 400 won, with free admission for senior citizens, children and the handicapped.
City Hall station, lines No. 1 or 2, exit 1
(02) 2124-8800, www.seoulmoa.org
HANGARAM DESIGN MUSEUM
To Monday: “Mobility: Design in Nomadism.” This exhibition examines the transformation of the meaning of time and space in modern society through a range of artworks by designers and sculptors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is 5,000 won to 5,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3, exit 5
(020) 580-1496, www.designgallery.or.kr
ARKO ART THEATER
To Monday: “Doubt.” A Korean language version of John Patrick Shanley’s play, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four Tony Awards. Performances start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices range from 25,000 won to 50,000 won.
Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 2
ARIRANG SMALL THEATER
To Dec. 31: “Marijuana.” This play boldly examines the sex lives of the palace ladies and eunuchs during the Joseon dynasty. The Royal Prince Hwi-ji is close to eunuch Yong-bo, but distant from his wife Bong-bin. The eunuch is secretly in love with the prince’s wife, but his station in life prevents him from pursuing his true love. Tickets are 15,000 to 20,000 won. Performances start at 8 p.m. weekdays, 4 p.m. and 7:30 pm Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. No performances Mondays.
Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 2
Dec. 15 to 31: “Family Dance ‘The Little Match Seller Girl’s Dream’.” As an alternative to ubiquitous “Nutcracker” performances, Chongdong Theater offers this family dance performance.
Based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson tale (on the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth), the performance includes ballet, traditional Korean dance and tap. Performances start at 7 p.m., with no show on Monday, Dec. 18. From Friday, Dec. 22 to Monday, Dec. 25, there will be an additional 1 p.m. performance. Tickets are 25,000 won to 30,000 won.
City Hall station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 12
(02) 751-1500, www.chongdong.com
SEJONG ARTS CENTER
Dec. 20 to 25: “Universal Ballet ― The Nutcracker.” A perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit, this is the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre version, going into its 21st year of performance. The much-loved Christmas tale, first performed in 1892, will be presented by the stars of the Universal Ballet Company, such as Hwang Hae-min, Um Jae-yong, Kang Yae-na and Hwang Jae-won. No children under the age of four. Shows will be at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 20,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 518-7343, www.sejongpac.or.kr