Seoul, South Korea captures the five senses with ARTnews Travel Tour – ARTnews.com

ARTnews and Academic Travel Abroad are launching an exciting new travel program for 2022 that offers exclusive experiences with information only our experts can provide.

8 days | October 7-14, 2022

As fall in full swing, join the same ideas ARTnews readers explore the layers of South Korea through the great prism of art. Come out informed and enriched after deep interaction with contemporary art museums, private art galleries, serene artistic landscapes, impressive Joseon dynasty architecture and interiors, and sublime dining.

Art critic, former ARTnews Seoul resident editor-in-chief Andrew Russeth expertly guides visitors through local hotspots, iconic destinations and key sites of the emerging art scene with insightful context and commentary. Our carefully curated stops include the Seoul Art Museum; the National Palace Museum of Korea, a repository of 45,000 treasures from the Joseon dynasty; and Gyeongbokgung Palace, the first and largest of Seoul’s five major palaces from the Joseon era (1392-1910).

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In the artist-rich district of Samcheong-dong, visit local galleries and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Discover global visionary and “father of video art” Nam June Paik at his eponymous art center. Venture on a day trip to the mountains to admire the striking architecture of the SAN (Space Art Nature) Museum designed by Ando Tadao. There, enjoy a private tour of the museum (including the James Turrell Exhibition Hall) and a relaxing meditation class. We’ll also explore the world of pioneering abstract artist Kim Whanki at the Whanki Museum.

Let your inner foodie rejoice and prepare to be thrilled. Russeth’s insider knowledge leads us to Seoul’s finest restaurants to savor premium Korean barbecue meats grilled right at your table; Feast on galbi, a rib specialty from Gyeonggi province; and lunch in the village of Bukchon Hanok amid the traditional houses of the Joseon era. Our last dinner is an exclusive gathering at the Korea Furniture Museum, an aristocratic time capsule.

Two women wearing traditional Korean hanboks stop to view their phones in Seoul, South Korea.

Two women dressed in hanboks, a traditional Korean dress style, which dates back over 2,000 years.
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Take a self-guided day to enjoy one of Seoul’s galleries, go in search of artistic treasures, or take the ferry to Nami Island to walk or cycle through its picturesque gardens. Then treat yourself to dinner at one of the many local restaurants or indulge in a Michelin star experience. Our modern four-star hotel, L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE, is also within walking distance of must-see destinations such as Namdaemun Market, Namsangol Hanok Village and Namsan Seoul Tower. Please plan to spend eight unforgettable October days with ARTnews for a life-changing travel experience.

Autumn with ginkgo on Nami Island, Korea.

Autumn with ginkgo on Nami Island, Korea.
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ARTnews Travel and Academic Travel Abroad are offering three more artistic getaways in 2022, including Santa Fe, Berlin and Los Angeles. Visit www.artnews.com/travel-program/south-korea-2022 or call 877-813-0690 to reserve your spot and join us.


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