Get creative at Heyri Art Village
The area is well suited for long walks, gallery hopping and participation in arts and crafts projects. On evenings and weekends there are readings, performances and exhibition openings to attend.
Within the studios and performance spaces, artists share their work in a communal environment to nurture their craft.
It’s a perfect place for a day of rest with your whole family.
By Seo Jeong-min [email@example.com]
Hanhyanglim Ceramic Museum
The museum is filled with the sounds of children trying to find the dark blue spots in the purudok, the jars that get their name from the bluish glow the glaze gets due to the chemical reaction that occurs while the pot is being fired. The exhibit costs 3,000 won. (031) 948-1001
Just below the Hanhyanglim Ceramic Museum, you can take a peek at Soso with its cement statue around a forest of Japanese cedar.
There is a cafe on the first floor and a gallery on the second. www.gallerysoso.com, (031) 949-8154
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World
This museum shows a wide variety of musical instruments from Europe, Africa and the island countries of the South Pacific. The collection includes around 600 instruments, and visitors can even play some of them, such as the African and southeastern Asian drums. Adults 5,000 won, children 4,000 won.(031) 946-9838
Visitors can create candle holders, picture frames and mirrors from recycled pieces of acrylic. The pieces are put together with a silicon-based adhesive for a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to display at home.
It costs 15,000 won for 60 grams of acrylic (320 pieces), which is enough to make four candle holders. (031) 949-8946
Gallery MOA was designed by architect Woo Kyung-kook and proudly stands as the only Korean building in the book “1001 Great Buildings You Must See Before You Die,” written by Mike Irving and Peter St. John in 2005. The current exhibition, “Hybrid,” featuring the work of six young artists, runs until Wednesday. (031) 949-3309
Hanlip Toy Museum
All four floors of this building are filled with dolls and toys. The basement is decorated as a town for little characters while the other three floors have cafes and exhibitions with different themes. Visitors will also see familiar cartoon figures such as Mickey Mouse, Sinchan (a.k.a. Jjangu in Korea) and Doraemon. Admission costs 5,000 won. (031) 957-8470
Although this gallery is only open on Saturdays, there are many things to do there. Visitors can make model houses out of paper and view paintings by the owner of the gallery. The model house activity costs 20,000 won. (016) 668-4852
Tium Hangul Museum
This museum offers the chance to make your own T-shirt. Visitors can decorate a white, blue or pink T-shirt, which is printed with a letter from the Korean alphabet and can further be decorated using colorful paint.
The exhibit, which describes the history of Hangul (the Korean alphabet), costs 3,000 won. The make-your-own-T-shirt activity costs 10,000 won. 1688-1441
Total Art Space Book House
This building is eye-catching - even in an artsy place like Heyeri.
The exterior is covered with wooden sticks and is a must-see attraction, especially at night, when the orange lights from inside seep through, creating a warm glow. The space regularly presents book-themed exhibits. (031) 949-9305
Sangsang Art Cafe
This groovy place has a collection of blues and rock records with music dating from the 1960s to the present. Owner Cheon Ho-suk, who was once a D.J. at a cafe and was also part of a band, knows a thing or two about good music. He is also a visual artist and his paintings, inspired by oldies pop, decorate the walls. (031) 949-9963
Music Space Camerata
Camerata, which was established by the TV entertainer Hwang In-yong, is a place for classical music lovers. Its retro interior, decorated with vintage leather sofas, wooden tables, giant speakers from the ’30s, a tube amp, and a record player, has a warm and homey feeling. People are invited to jot down their favorite songs and submit them to the D.J., and each table has a piece of paper and a pencil for this purpose.
Entrance fees including one drink for adults is 10,000 won ($8.86). For students, 5,000 won. (031) 957-3369
Time and Blade Museum
This museum displays old clocks and blades from all over the world. These treasures are the items that owner Lee Dong-jin has collected on trips he has taken to historical sites around the globe since 1964.
The museum is only open on weekends.
Admission costs 20,000 won. (031) 949-5675