CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
The Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center is a great resource and space for foreigners. Located in Myeong-dong, Seoul, it’s a must visit place if you want to try your hand at Traditional Korean cultural experiences. It offers a variety of activities, such as Korean Handicraft classes, K-POP Dance classes, K-food Cooking classes, Korean movie screenings with English subtitles, and so much more! Everything it offers is exclusively for foreigners.
As you enter the center, you’ll see the Information Desk (which offers services in English, Chinese, and Japanese), a Rest Area, and Global ATM. There is also a lounge seating area and the center offers free Wi-fi.
There are a TON of pamphlets – free for the taking – on attractions in Seoul and outlying areas in Korea. I’ve found useful maps and booklets here for Insa-dong, Jongno, and Jeju Island.
For the short term tourist or the temporary resident, there are coin lockers available for luggage and shopping storage. Items must be picked up during regular center hours or an additional 24-hour fee will be charged.
For those looking to try on some traditional Korean clothing, there is a free hanbok experience program at the center. They have clothing available for men, women, and children in a variety of sizes and styles. You must register on site and you take your own photos (or ask another nearby foreigner to help!).
Another great offering are the classes. I’ve taken advantage of the Thursday painting class (I love this fan!) and hope to try another before I leave Korea.
The center also has a performance space, named Haechi Hall. They offer periodic concerts, lectures, movie screenings, and even a Samulnori drumming class. A friend and I spent 8 weeks learning to play the janggu, an hourglass shaped drum, and we performed a concert at the National Folk Museum at the end.
The Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center has so much to offer. Visit their website for the current class schedule and a list of special programs.
Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center
Hours: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, 7 days a week (except New Year’s Day and Chuseok)
Hanbok Experience Hours:
10:30am –6pm (First-come, first-served basis. Max. 6 per group)
You must go to the center for registration. (No reservations via email or phone.)
Location: inside M PLAZA (5th Floor), Seoul, Korea, 100-809
GPS Coordinates: 37.5625065, 126.98518
Directions: Head into the shopping streets of Myeong-dong from either exit 6 or exit 8 of Myeong-dong Subway Station (Line 4). About 2 1/2 blocks down will be the M Plaza building and signs for the center.
entrance nearest exit 8 of subway