In 2021, Korea lost a pioneer in abstract art. Kim Tschang Yeul, who was 91 when he died, donated over 200 of his works to a beautiful Jeju art museum that bears his name.
Given the cool and cooling examples of his signature waterdrop artwork, it’s very appropriate to recommend that you visit the Kim Tschang Yeul Museum during the island’s hot summer months.
At the center of the museum is the “Garden of Light,” an outdoor space complete with a large fountain.
Around the garden are eight separate structures, including permanent, temporary, and special exhibition halls, museum storage and office space.
You can walk from room to room and explore the space in a very organic way and in air-conditioned comfort. The dark, cave-like hallways open into bright, spacious exhibition areas. Explore the aesthetics of art and architecture as one.
The Kim Tschang Yeul Museum opened in 2016. Kim had a very close relationship with the island, one that was forged during the Korean War.
Located in the Artists’ Village in Jeoji, you can make a day of it and also explore the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art and other small private galleries in the area.
Tickets are 2,000 won for adults and 1,000 won if you live on Jeju Island.
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling to Jeju is problematic. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of the island’s attractions. We sincerely hope you will visit Jeju once it is safe to do so.
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