Riding my bike a few weeks ago along the Sincheon river, I found myself out in the Gachang area. I don’t know much about this area, but I happened upon a great gallery that I wasn’t familiar with out there. The Dongje Art Museum is a little hidden gem, one worth the trip.
The gallery is like something out of a storybook, down a small path part of a tiny village. Walk around to the entrance behind the building and a quaint garden will introduce the building to you. There are a few sculptures in the garden, an area that the gallery utilizes for art installations. The gallery is essentially two buildings. To the left, there is the main gallery. When I was there, the decent sized room was host to a solo show by a Korean abstract artist (embarrasingly, I can’t remember his name).
But what Korean gallery is complete without a café? Dongje’s second building, to the right, is a beautiful café with your standard fare of drinks. The seating upstairs though is where you want to go. It offers a panoramic view of the garden and mountains, as well as featuring more rotating art. On the way there you’ll see some stunning mountain views, and pass a beautiful reservoir.
So how do you get there? Well, that is going to require some walking and a bus. Take the Gachang 2 bus to O-ri (to get to the Gachang 2 you can take the 405, 449, or 402 to Taegu Tec). Get off the Gachang 2 and take a right off the main road onto a small path. Cross the small creek and you’ll see the museum in front of you on the right. You can find info online here. A bike ride is another great way to get there, though be ready for a few hills. It might not be the easiest place to get to, but it’ll be awfully rewarding. Get out there and see more art!
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