In 2013, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea opened a new branch in Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu at the former site of the Defense Security Command. The announcement for the construction of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (MMCA Seoul) came out in 2009, and the architecture for the museum was selected through idea proposals and an architectural design competition in 2010. What makes the Seoul branch different from the others is that it introduced Korea’s traditional architectural concept of ‘madang’, which is a spacious courtyard where people can come in and gather together to socialize. MMCA Seoul's building is also designed to harmonize with the surrounding nature around the city.

Equipped with facilities including a reference center, a project gallery theater and a multipurpose hall, MMCA Seoul strives to accommodate every mode of new artistic endeavor and to communicate with the public. The site is where Korea’s historical and political developments were achieved. Most of the old buildings are gone but a few still remains to remind people of its significant role.



30, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]


Length of Tour: 

About 2 hrs



Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)



How To Use


Admission / Participation Fees: 

Single Admission: 4,000 won

* Free admisson: Evening hours (18:00-21:00), students (ages 24 & younger), seniors (ages 65 & over), last Wednesday of each month


Parking Fee: 

2,000 won for two hours (1,000 won for each additional 30 minutes)


Structure Size: 

Exhibition area: 8,789㎡





Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway 5) and Exit 2.

Take Bus No. 11 and get off at Beomnyeonsa Temple Bus Stop.



Additional Info


Program Information: 

Prior-reservation for groups of 10 people or more



Prior-reservation for groups of 10 people or more


Info. Services for Koreans: 

* Audio guide (paid service): Rental is available at the Information Desk or smart-phone application.


zipcode: 03062

infocenterculture: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3701-9500

parkingculture: Available (161 spaces)

usetimeculture: [Sundays, Monday-Thursday] 10:00-18:00
[Friday-Saturday] 10:00-21:00

* Last admission is 1 hour before closing

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