Culture Station Seoul 284 is a place that I frequently visit. It’s easy to get to and the programs it offers are great (and also free). Transformed in 2011 as a place of culture, this former train station has a unique aesthetics and architectural aura. As I am reminded each time of visit, the main hall comprised of a dome with 12 stone pillars is indeed majestic. The stained glass depicting Ganggangsullae, a 5,000-year-old Korean dance, established on the ceiling goes quite well with the whole structure. Among the separate rooms used for art exhibition, the VIP guest room with a fireplace and chandelier along with the one that used to be Seoul Station Grille, a high-end Western restaurant during the Japanese rule, exudes antique charm. With curtains made out of red velvet, vintage wall papers, the massive wooden doors and floors made out of birch wood—the atmosphere created by all of these elements will bring you back to the 1920’s Gyeongseong. Created by Japanese scholar Tsukamoto Yasushi under Japanese rule with Switzerland’s Lucerne railway station as a model, the Culture Station Seoul 284 building is one of the few modern cultural heritages existing in Seoul today. The scenery created by its orange lights reaching the blue sky after the sun goes down is indeed picturesque and full of classical grace.
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Culture Station Seoul 284