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Kansong Munhwa Exhibition Part 5: Flowers & Feathers
From October 23 - March 27, 2016, you will be able to experience part 5 of the Kansong Munhwa Exibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The theme for this exhibition is "Flowers & Feathers - Embrace Nature." The drawings will mostly include images of flowers, crawling animals, and winged animals. Korea's painters of the past liked incorporating things such as flowers, birds, insects, fish and more. At this exhibition, encounter the works of King Gongmin, Yun Du-seo, Jeongseon, Byeon Sang-byeok, Kim Hongdo, Shin Yun-bok, Jang Seung-eop, Shin Saimdang, and more. Such people were considered leading painters starting from the late Goryeo dynasty until the late Joseon dynasty.

Place Design Museum, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
Price \8,000
Period Until 27 March 2016 (Closed Mondays)
2015 Seoul Lantern Festival

The 2015 Seoul Lantern Festival will take place from November 6 - 22 along the Cheonggyecheon (Stream) in the middle of Seoul. This 17-day long festival will give you plenty of time to make your way there! Every November, the Seoul Lantern Festival dawns upon us with a new theme and a fresh look. It combines both traditionalism and modernism through hundreds of thousands of lanterns. While last year's theme was the "Shining World Heritage of Seoul", this year's theme is "Illuminated Seoul Tour." Fall in love with Seoul's charm and friendliness at this festival!

Seoul  Cheonggye Plaza ~ Gwanggyo (444m)
Overseas invitation, private corporations. Gwanggyo ~ Samilgyo (519m)
Authors, characters, local submissions.  Samilgyo ~ Supyogyo Bridge (208m)
Submissions from locals. Gwanggyo Gallery, Hanbit Square, etc.

Place  Seoul Cheonggyecheon
Price   Free
Period Until 22 November 2015, 5PM ~11PM

Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation

Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation: The National Museum of Contemporary Art From July 22 - November 1, 2015, the "Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation" will be open at The National Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will have a collection of items from right after the liberation in 1945 until right before the Korean war in 1950. Right after the libration, artists immediately set up an association, and aggressively took action to enlighten people. But, due to the confusing state of affairs at that time and opposing ideologies between people, this caused different parties to be established.  Because many works were lost due to the Korean war, there simply have not been many exhibitions that solely focus on this specific time period (1945-1950).

Place   Galleries 3, 4 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art
Price    Free (apart from the entrance fee to Deoksugung Palace)
Period Until 1 November 2015
Phone +82-2-2022-0600

Alessandro Mendini Exhibition - The Poetry of Design

Step into the world of Mendini presented for the first time in Korea.
A designer who has led the 20th century, Mendini placed Italian design at the center of the international design industry by highlighting human values and sensitivity. For this particular exhibition, Alessandro Mendini personally planned out the layout and displays to unleash his world of flamboyant designs. Over 400 pieces of his work will be presented together with moving images and sound effects, including his most famous masterpiece, in a 9-meter high exhibition space.
To further magnify the exhibition experience, large art pieces will also be placed outdoors

Place    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), M1 Design Exhibition Hall
Price    \8,000 (Children), \10,000 (Teenagers), \14,000 (Adults)
Period   Until 28 February 2016
             Tues-Sun 10AM ~7PM Wed, Fri 10AM ~ 9PM
             (Closed Mondays & 8 February 2016)
Phone   02.3143.4360

DDP LED Rose Garden

The splendid display of 25,550 LED rose garden at the Yigansumun exhibition hall at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) will continue until February 29th, 2016. The rose garden first debuted in April of last year and has continued to greet citizens from the garden next to the Yigansumun exhibition hall. Families, friends, lovers can stroll through the garden and enjoy the night scenery. There are a total of 25,550 LED roses in the garden. This number is 70 multiplied by 365, symbolizing the 70th anniversary of the National Liberation Day in Korea. The exhibition sends a message to global citizens that every day of the year should be a celebration. Roses have been selected as the favorite flower of the Korean nation for over 20 years (Gallup Survey). This exhibition presents a display that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Place      Grass Garden area next to DDP Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, 
               Yigansumun Exhibition Hall
Address  Seoul Junggu Euljiro 7ga 2-1 (Seoul Junggu Euljiro 281)
Period     Until 29 February 2016, 7PM ~ Midnight
Phone     02.2153.0000

Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum is a 3D interactive museum which first opened its doors in 2010 at the heart of culture and art – Hongdae, Seoul. Trick Eye Museum shares a unique type of experience with its audiences using a technique called trompe-l'oeil (trick of the eye). With 700 thousand visitors worldwide in 2014, the museum is loved by a wide spectrum of people; it is also the first optical illusion museum that is recognized by audiences as the number 1 museum out of all the attractions in Seoul on TripAdvisor.

Place       20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul  
                9AM ~ 9PM (Last entry at 8PM).
Phone      82.2.3144.6300
Price        Approximately \15,000