National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung
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This annex of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) opened its doors in 1998. As the name suggests, the museum is located in Deoksugung, a national palace from the Joseon dynasty. Wandering through the palace, you'll eventually run into an architectural element that seems very out of place on the traditional grounds—which means you've arrived at the musuem. Formerly known as Seokjojeon Hall, this building with grandiose Grecian colonnades has four exhibition spaces that feature traveling exhibitions, as well as exhibitions created out of from their permanent collection. To get to the museum, a stroll along the Deoksugung Stone-Wall Road is mandatory. An old saying has it that couples who walk this picturesque stone road together will eventually end up parting ways in heartbreak, but most people simply shrug and walk in twos. In fact, it's one of the most popular dating spots in Seoul—so we say go ahead and give it a go. (But don't blame us if all goes wrong.)

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Venue name: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung
Contact:
Address: 99, Sejong-daero
Jung-gu
Seoul
100-120
Opening hours: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 10am–7pm; Wed, Sat 10am–9pm
Transport: City Hall Station (Lines 1, 2), exit 1
Price: Admission varies by exhibition

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