They say that the places most worth visiting require a journey to get there. This is one of those places.
Let me introduce you to a quietly hidden neighborhood that is off the beaten path of Northern Central
Seoul, called Buam-dong. With deep artistic roots, the area was once called home by a community
made up of artists and writers.
While still a secret to many, the charmingly quiet area is fast becoming the new Samcheong-dong,
for its eclectic collection of galleries, and high-quality coffee shops, in a deeply preserved traditional
and cultural setting.
This is the area set around Zaha Museum, and it’s known for being beautifully scenic for its spot
near Inwang and Bukhan mountains. The views are just one of the attractions. Another is that
Buam-dong was a location where the Korean drama Coffee Prince was shot and you may be able
to recognize some of the fan girls on the walk over.
Let's start off the most important information. This museum is free free free. For anyone who's
conquered many of the main museums in Seoul, this one is your next challenge. Zaha Museum is
located high up in Buam-dong and holds the title of being the highest art gallery in Seoul.
It was founded by its own entrepreneur Kang Jong Kwon and the four story exposed concrete
mansion holds exhibits of contemporary experimental art works by young artists. The museum in
this way has pioneered to support and shine light on artists in the local art community through
competitions and creative educational programs.
Artist: Koh Sang Woo, pioneer in blue negative photography.
The museum will take some work to get to. It's approximately a 10 minute walk from the Buam-dong
office and brace yourself for an uphill walk. Once you get there, the view from the top will well be
worth it and the museum has their own special garden with a strategically placed terrace for an
overlooking birds-eye view of the mountains.
Zaha Museum, nestled in the mountains and unknown to many, has reviews of a unique experience.
Visitors disclose that the natural landscape and tranquility of the neighbohood is a breath of fresh
air being away from the noise, smells, and people of bustling Seoul.
They say it gives many a clearer mind and if the walk didn’t make you out of breath, the view will take
If you fancy a caffeine boost with more views check out Sanmotoonge Cafe, another hotspot in the
area high up with views of the Seoul Fortress Wall. It's a 21 minute walk (1.38km) and you'll get the
most out of your trip to buam-dong to see the other side of the neighborhood!
Address : 46, Changuimun-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seoul-si > All Area
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
Walk straight for 70m and take Bus 7022, 7212, 1020.
Get off at Buam-dong Community Center Bus Stop.
With the community center on your left, keep walking and turn right at Yasaenghwa Cafe (wild flower cafe).
Walk for 40m along this street (past Beomhyesa Temple) to arrive at the museum.
Opened on March 1, 2008, the four-storey museum exhibits experimental works of young artists. There are two exhibition halls and the small garden on the second floor has a great view of the mountains. > Less more
서울특별시 종로구 창의문로5가길 46 (부암동)
362-21 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
※ Open until 20:00 the last Wednesday of every month.