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Taking a stroll through art in Jeju! Six popular art galleries on Jeju’s old townFrom Andy Warhol to Nam June Paik
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Jeju is famous for its nature, but if you have already enjoyed the sound of the waves and the white sandy beaches, why don’t you try looking at Jeju through the eyes of artists?

If you search a little, you can appreciate not only artwork by artists living in Jeju but also world famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik.

Jeju’s old town is a particular hotbed of artistic activity and there are many wonderful art galleries in this part of town.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular art galleries in Jeju’s old town!

Jeju Arario Museum - Tapdong Cinema, Tapdong Bike Shop, Dongmun Motel I and Ⅱ

The Ariario museums make up four of Jeju old town’s most popular art galleries. They are the result of an ambitious project initiated by art collector and entrepreneur Kim Chang-il who was selected as one of the ‘World’s Top 100 art collector’ by renowned art magazine 'Artnet'.

The core of this project is to take over old buildings located between Jeju Old Downtown and Jeju Sanjicheon Stream and transform them into exhibition halls. At the Art Galleries, you can enjoy contemporary artwork by Andy Warhol and other modern artists.

The Arario Museum in Jeju is divided into four different locations: Tapdong Cinema, Tapdong Bike Shop, and Dongmoon Motel I and II. There are English, Chinese and Japanese websites for the museums. All the Arario Museum's exhibition halls are closed on Mondays.

Website:
http://www.arariomuseum.org/main.php



Arario Museum in Jeju - Tapdong Cinema

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Tapdong Cinema is the main exhibition hall of the Arario Museum. As the name suggests, the building used to be a movie theater. In order to keep the history of the old building, internal maintenance was kept to a minimum. The building itself is kept as an artwork in its own right.

The first to the fourth floor of the museum is used as an exhibition hall. Approximately 3700 pieces of contemporary art are located in the gallery. This includes artwork by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Nam June Paik.

The fifth floor is used as a cafe and a museum shop. At the cafe, you can enjoy a drink in a room with a four-meter high ceiling and a view of Jeju’s old town and sea.

Location: 14, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 탑동로 14)
Call: 064 720 8201
Hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 p.m (The ticket will only be available by 6:00 p.m)



Arario Museum in Jeju - Tandong Bike Shop

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This museum is mainly used for private exhibitions. Like Tadong Cinema, the building’s original use (bike shop) was considered when they designed the museum. Because of this, they kept the original narrow stairs, graffiti, and scratch marks on the walls.

The current exhibition is ‘A Rolling Stone’ by Chen Yufan, a Chinese artist who is living in Shanghai. This exhibition will run until Jan. 21, 2018.

The exhibition focuses on expressing Chinese people who are undergoing major changes in their lives through industrialization and modernization. Entrance to Tapdong Cinema and Bike Shop is priced at 12,000 won per adult.

Location: 6-12, Tapdong-ro 4-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 탑동로 4길 6-12)
Call: 064 720 8204
Hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m (Last entry is at 6 p.m)



Arario Museum in Jeju - Dongmun Motel I

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The building used to be a motel but was renovated in order to be used as the location for the Art Gallery.

The guest room structure has been kept and the artworks are displayed within it. Arario Museum Dongmun Motel I is a space for 'Project Underground' which aims to discover new artists by providing opportunities for them to present experimental artworks.

Currently being held is the solo exhibition "Hell bovine & pony" by Korean artist Kim Woong-hyun. This exhibition, which will be held until Jan. 21, 2018, contains interesting artworks that use virtual reality to comment on various Korean social issues.

Entrance to Dongmun Motel I and II is priced at 10,000 won per adult.

Location: 37-5, Sanji-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 산지로 37-5)
Call: 064 720 8202
Hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 p.m (The ticket will only be available by 6:00 p.m)



Jeju Arario Museum - Dongmun Motel II

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The current exhibition is called ‘I'm Home’ by Korean artist Gu Bon Ju's from Sept. 1st, 2017 till Sept. 30th, 2018. After viewing the artworks, you can catch a breath in the building’s rooftop cafe.Dongmun Motel II is located near to one of Jeju’s traditional market, a place which you certainly wouldn’t normally associate with having an art gallery.

Location: 23, Sanji-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 산지로 23)
Call: 064 720 8203
Hours: Tue to Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 p.m (Last entry at 6 p.m)



Art Space IAa

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The old Jeju University Hospital was recently renovated as a cultural art complex called Art Space IAa. Operated by the Jeju Cultural Foundation, it offers artists a residency program and exhibitions, as well as various cultural and art education programs.

The gallery mainly features artworks made by domestic and foreign artists completing residency programs at the gallery. There are also cultural and art education programs for Jeju residents from various ages such as children, youth, and adults. There is also an English language website.

Website: http://artspaceiaa.kr/main.do
Location: 21, Jungang-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 중앙로14길 21)
Call: 064-800-9341
Hours: Mon to Fri 10:00~20:00, Sat to Sun 10:00~18:00



Daedong Hotel Via Art

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If you want to enjoy an exhibition at a hotel, you should visit the Daedong Hotel Via Art. Daedong Hotel has a small gallery, called Via art, located not far from Jeju Dongmun Market.

Via Art means ‘way of art’ and it was built in order to revitalize Jeju’s art market. Via Art has been exhibiting artworks of local artists and artists who have migrated to Jeju Island and it has an exhibition that shows the everyday life of haenyeo from Udo.

Daedong Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Jeju and it originally opened in 1971. The building, which has a long history, is well maintained and has a charming and old-fashioned character.

Location: 6, Gwandeok-ro 15-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea (제주시 관덕로 15길 6)
Call: 064-702-7022

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