This is the place where data and information on various genres of arts are incorporated and dispersed.
The 11,698m2 space will lead and activate the exchange of arts and cultural programs with other countries in the information era. Frequented by artists, scholars and ordinary citizens, its public reading room on the second floor and a printing room and an audio visual material room on the third floor always welcome anyone interested in and curious about any artistic subject.
Inside the building, it has even restored the music studio once located in Jongno-gu, area, which was cherished by many music lovers.

Arts Library     Arts Library Keeps Abreast With the Information Age!

The Arts Library of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation is a specialized library, a center geared up for the century of culture and information.
Here 153,600 materials related to culture and arts are housed. The Arts Library makes efforts to collect and distribute vast materials in all fields of culture and art-printed materials, photographs, visual and musical materials and multi-media contents- to help the general public to experience wide-range cultural and art activities. In addition, efforts are made to computerize materials and establish a digital library to help usher in the 21st century, and maximize the convenience of the users.

Printed materials in book form (Such as separate volumes, magazines, periodicals)
Other printed materials (full scripts for performances, pamphlets for performances and exhibitions, programs, catalogues, posters, photographs, sheets of music)
Visual Materials (LDs, videos, slides, 16mm films)
Musical Materials (CDs, LPs, SPs, cassettes and reel tapes)
New Media (CD-ROM, CD-I, CD-G)

Opening Hours
Summer (March-October) : 10 a.m. 8 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturdays)
Winter (November-February) : 10 a.m.7 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Seoul Arts Center (10 minutes' walk from the Nambu Bus Terminal station of the subway line 3) Arts Library 3rd floor

For Information
(137-070) Arts Library of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, 700 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Home Page :
Telephone : 02-760-4677-9 (information for printed materials)  02-760-4675-6 (information for visual and musical materials)
Fax : 02-525-3495 (information center for printed materials)  02-597-7848 (information center for visual and musical materials)

Information Center for Printed Materials
Located on the second floor of the library, the information center (1,041m2)houses about 134,000 printed items related to culture and arts, published both inside and outside Korea. Major materials-- such as books, magazines, and scripts --are displayed for free access, while other materials --performance programs, posters, photographs, art pamphlets-- can be viewed upon application. Find out the code number of the item you wish to have a look before making an application at the information desk.

Information Center for Visual and Musical Materials
Located on the third floor of the library (2,136m2) , the information center provides all kinds of visual and musical materials as well as the new media and the Internet service. To gain access to the materials, you need to find out the code number from the lists and make an application at the information desk. For the enjoyment of the materials, there are 40 individual cubicles, two rooms for groups (5-10 persons and 10-20 persons), and a multi-purpose room (for 70 persons). The rooms for groups are perfect for small clubs, while the multi-purpose room is ideal for various cultural and programs.

Arts Information Database Development Center
Located on the third floor of the library, the center is in charge of computerizing the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, including its Internet home page. Available in the home page are : database for full-text performance scripts, database for culture and arts groups, guide to cultural places, guide to renting places for cultural activities, the cultural program bank, the database for Korean literature translated into English, and the information system of the Arts Library. In addition, projects are underway to create the visual information database for celebrated literary figures and to digitalize their photographic images.

Course for Classical Music
The course for classical music is provided as part of a social education program to provide students with the opportunity to experience diverse cultures and arts. Established in 1987, it is a popular course, educating more than a thousand people so far. The well-prepared program consists of lessons on the history of classical music, traditional Korean music, art songs, operas, musicals, orchestral music, and the introduction to famous disks and celebrated performers. Students can register in February on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the class meets 32 times a year between March and November. The fee is fixed at the lowest level possible. (In 1999, it was 200,000 won : 180,000 for lessons, 20,000 for the entry fee)

Hangaram Design Art Museum

Hangaram Design Art Museum is an exclusive space for design exhibitions, in search of various aspects of design cultures in and out of the country, under the motto of seeking "Korean design identity".

Design Gallery offers a future-oriented and empirical space where we can experience the various designs in our lives and their effects.

Design Gallery provides hands-on education that helps develop our latent potential to learn and create design, and will serve as a space for improving the quality of our daily lives.

I. Backgrounds

* Hangaram Design Art Museum adopted the design policy of "promotion of cultural arts" not of "development of industrial design"
* Information-oriented design industry was selected as one of "7 Strategic Enterprises" of "Cultural Vision 2000" project of the government.

II. Purposes

1. Basic concepts

* To make programs of design exhibitions and events which are of dignity and quality
* To serve as a center of cultural information, providing every field of industry with up-to-date design information and ideas
* To keep in contact with other cultural groups home and abroad to induce synergic effects

2. Uses

* Exhibition
There are two kinds of exhibitions. One is a planned exhibition that covers emerging issues or big topics regarding design and the other is a display exhibition that showcases empirical designs of an individual or a group.

* Exhibition Room
There are two exhibition rooms that are 726 and 554, respectively. The exhibition rooms will be utilized in various ways to suit the needs of different exhibitions.

* Designer's Club
Designer's Club is a place furnished with a cafe, reference material space, and design shops for both museum visitors and designers to rest and communicate. There are exhibition directories planned by design museum, design magazines, and video materials at the club, plus a showing of multimedia material.
Open : 11:00 - 18:00 (from Mon to Sat)
*no holidays during an exhibition

* Seminar's Room
The seminar room with an area of 70 can hold up to 50 people, and is fully equipped with advanced sound system and projection equipment. It is used to hold international meetings and seminars or symposiums with exhibitions.

* Lobby
- serve as an exhibition hall, in case of need

3. Hours / Tickets / Parking

* Gallery hours
   - 10:00 - 18:00
   - The exhibition is closed every first monday of the month

* Tickets
   - Adults 2,000 won
   - Students 1,000 won
   - Groups of 20 or more receive 50% discounted admission to the gallery
   - Men of national merit, disabilities, members, preschool children(under 8) Free
   - Ticket price may vary due to the characters of each planned exhibitions

* Parking
   - Open 7 : 00 - 23 : 00
   - Rates per half an hour 1,000 won / Submit of a purchased gallery ticket 3,000 won
   - To reach the gallery by car, enter through the front gate of the Seoul Art Center at the 3-corner intersection, 2-4 parking area available

III. Characteristics

Located on the 1st floor of the Art Library, the Hangaram Design Art Museum has two exhibition halls in it. Covering about 220 pyong the exhibition hall is variable one which is fitted for each exhibition and event as well. This may prevent an exhibition from having an limited and uniformed character and save money to cut costs of reconstruction.

The Hangaram Design Art Museum tries to digitize design sources, to form the foundation of culture and arts fit for the 21st century, and to inspire the public with the sense of design through exhibitions and events where professionalism and popularity are mixed.

Until now the government policies have centered on the industrial design. Design isn't subordinate to industry any longer. It becomes the main factor of culture in the information intensive society today. Therefore design policy needs to be switched to give much weight in design as a valuable culture. It is expected for the Hangaram Design Art Museum to construct cultural infrastructure and to be the Mecca of culture and arts both in name and reality.