Seoul Arts Center


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Opera HouseSeoul Arts Center (SAC) is the representative arts complex to which nearly 2 million users visit every year in Korea.

It presents about 1,500 performances and over 100 exhibitions in 7 specialized spaces of the arts complex, world-renowned domestic and overseas artists to meet their audiences on stages.


Proposal for the establishment of arts complex
Seoul Arts Center ceremony for construction
Seoul Arts Center incorporated and registered as a foundation
Music Hall and Calligraphy Art Museum opened (StageⅠ)
Hangaram Art Museum and Arts Library opened (Stage Ⅱ)
Opera House opened (Stage Ⅲ, full completion)
Hangaram Design Museum opened
Re-incorporating as a special foundation and the residency
of national performing arts troupes started
Hangaram Art Museum renovated and reopened
Music Hall renovated and reopened
Vitamin Station opened

Opera Theater, Towol Theater, Jayu Theater

Concert Hall, Recital Hall

Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum, Hangaram Art Museum, Hangaram Design Museum

Seoul Arts Center(Yesurui Jeondang - literally the Hall of Arts), is the representative Cultural Arts Complex of Korea to aim for the Mecca of genuine arts and to realize Korean people's cultural welfare.

It is made up of five world-class buildings(Opera House, Music Hall, Calligraphy Art Museum, Hangaram Art Museum, Arts Library) and magnificent exclusive venues in them. 

The complex took nine years to build with plans beginning in 1982 and construction starting in 1984. The Music Hall and the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum were completed first on Feb. 15th, 1988 in time for the Seoul Olympics, followed by the Hangaram Art Museum and the Arts Library(the Hangaram Design Museum is located on the 1st floor of the building) in 1990 and then by the Opera House in 1993. Each building in the complex was designed in its own unique way to represent its genre. 

Opera House of Seoul Arts Center which is nicknamed as the 'Big Hat'(due to the shape of the upper part of the building which was designed to resemble a traditional hat 'Gat' for Korean men), offers three different scale venues(Opera Theater, Towol Theater, Jayu Theater) for performing arts, ranging from traditional classics(such as opera, ballet, musical, dance) to the experimental and contemporary works. 

Music Hall is divided into two music halls(Concert Hall, Recital Hall) by concert scale. The Concert Hall is created by music lovers' request as a dream place for classical live concerts. The Recital Hall is a small-sized cosy hall with about 350 seats which is designed for the intimacy between musicians and audiences.

Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum is the world's only calligraphy exclusive museum that has well-preserved collections of written Korean and Chinese Characters. Traditional beauty of ancient calligraphy works, exceptional contemporary calligraphy works and peculiar calligraphy pictures are showed on harmonious display in ten exhibition halls and corridors located on two different levels all year round. 

Hangaram Art Museum has six galleries with complete anti-temperature and humidity controls and an art shop on three different levels. It concentrates on contemporary art enabling younger people to enjoy their visits . Its first and second floors are connected so that major works of art can be displayed regardless of size. The museum uses natural lighting installed in many respectable European art museums to illuminate its art works. 

Hangaram Design Museum is an exclusive space with two main galleries and one collection gallery to introduce various aspects of design cultures in and out of the country, under the motto of seeking "Korean design identity". The Museum offers a future-oriented and empirical space where we can experience the various designs in our lives and their effects.

With creative performing and visual art programs, each space of Seoul Arts Center is filled with high-quality cultural products everyday and is highly praised by numerous artists and arts-lovers both in Korea and overseas.