Heyri Art Village tour 헤이리 예술마을

After lunch we met up with a woman and went on a walking tour of Heyri art village. I didn’t understand most of it, but a lot of what we did was self explanatory. We first visited a tree growing through one of the buildings/museums that won an award.

Then we visited 3 different museums. The first museum was the 노랑미술관 (Norang Museum/ Yellow Museum). The Norang Museum hours change depending on season but generally opens at 10am and is open until at least 6:30pm. The museum also tends to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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The museum is a walk through the history of art. Tickets are 9,000 won for adults. It’s interactive with many exhibits good for children, breaking down art history by time period. There are places to pose for pictures or to interact whether it’s swinging to make an image move or throwing bean bags at a wall in the cave art exhibit. It doesn’t go deep into art history and there isn’t a lot of English, but just enough.

Our next stop was the 93 museum.

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93 Museum is a bit like the Trick Eye Museum. It’s an interactive art gallery where you can take pictures with the art.

The difference is however that there are actual art pieces on other floors of the museum. There are about 3 different floors of art, including some outside on terraces/ on the roof.

These were much more interesting to me then the art made for taking photos with.

Our last museum visit was by far my favorite and the favorite of my coworkers. The Museum of Modern History of Korea 한국 근현대사 박물관. The museum is open from 9:30 until 6pm (closed on Mondays) and tickets are 7,000 won.

The museum is a collection and model of Korea through it’s history. It’s like traveling back in time. Every nook and cranny is covered in something new to look at. You can walk down narrow streets past barber shops, schools, restaurants, cafes, and homes. The museum is huge and we did not have time to see everything. The lower levels have the old town while the upper levels have display cases of old machines, newspapers, history pieces, and photographs. There’s even an outdoor roof spot with old children’s playground toys, a helicopter and busts of players from the 2002 Korean World Cup.

It can get a little crowded since the path is narrow and turning around isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it was fascinating and worth a visit.

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There’s plenty of other art galleries, museums, cafes, and shops to visit in Heyri. Just be mindful that weekday mornings things may be closed, specifically on Mondays a lot of things are not open. Restaurants may also be a bit expensive so if you’re concerned maybe pack your lunch.

Heyri art village is free, however you can purchase course tickets that will include many of the museums and galleries and save you a bit of money since the individual museums and galleries tend to cost between 3,000 and 9,000 won. There’s a lot more to explore and we didn’t even make a dent in everything there is to see.

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