Heyri Art Village
Heyri Art Village, brimming with Bauhaus-inspired art galleries, museums and cafés, is where you’ll find the works from some of Korea’s most esteemed artists, musicians and architects. Less than an hour outside Seoul’s city limits in Paju, and stretching over acres of unspoiled land, many of its buildings are no higher than three stories.
Initially developed by the Korea Land Corporation as part of the “Unification Land Development Project”, Heyri Art Village was initially conceived as a “book village” linking to nearby Paju Publishing Town (aka Paju Book City) in 1997. However, as it began materializing, many artists later joined and contributed to its growing appeal and the concept later expanded the concept to that of a “cultural art village”.
Today, with more than 370 creative artists (writers, artists, cineastes, architects and musicians) adding to its creative growth, it’s become a melting pot of ingenuity that’s spawned work rooms, museums, artistic spaces and a string of reputable galleries.
You can grab more info from the article I wrote for CNNGo.
Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Hapjeong Station. Hop on bus #2200 from Exit2 (50mins).
Additional Information: Best grab a map at the information kiosk at Gate 4 for 500 won.
When to go: Naturally warmer weather is much more conducive for strolling so spring and summer are an ideal fit. The village is open 24/7. Galleries, cafes and restaurants, however, keep to their own hours (usually 10am-7pm). Entrance is free with select galleries and museums charging admission.
Getting around: Setting your own pace on foot is most preferable. Alternatively, you can rent bikes (6,000 won for first two hours/4,000 won for each additional hour). The electric car tour of the village will cost 5,000 won per person.