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Jangmi Gallery: Contemporary Entertainment Facility

Jangmi Gallery is a contemporary entertainment facility that reminds about the old days. Because back then and after the Japanese colonial period, art was one of the recreation activities that took an important role. To make people endure their hardships. So as the soap operas and literary works. Now, let us take a look to this place!

Art is the way in which many people are able to express themselves. The way to loosen up one’s thoughts and set your heart free. And in this gallery, you will be able to see every painter’s story through their works.

With this in mind, be prepared to delight your sight with each one of them. In this gallery that we are about to introduce you.

Origin

This is one of the buildings that were used as a recreation facility after Korea’s liberation from Japan. In 1945. On the other hand, it is unknown what was its role during the Japanese rule.

Some of the activities that were held to entertain people during that era, were the soap operas and literary works.

Since the 1930s was a time where Koreans had hardships in their lives, they often use the phrase ‘Livelihood cries when following the country, but the country cries when following the livelihood’ in some of these operas. Reflecting their conscience and economic destitution.

Nowadays, it is a contemporary entertainment facility called Jangmi Gallery. Where different artists have the chance to express their feelings through art. And people can participate in their activities as well.

The name of the gallery is derived from the rose of Jangmi-dong, which means ‘A shed of rice that has been taken away.’

Everlasting love to your country and art

In the gallery they do tribute to Ha Ban-young. An artist that worked passionately his whole life. And donated more than 100 works to Gunsan City. Because he loved his hometown.

Even if his family did not agree the path he chose, he kept working hard since young age. The reason is that by painting, he was able to endure the harsh life that he had during the late Japanese colonial period. He had to draw at least a picture for a day. If not, he felt that he was not going to be able to endure it.

His natural talent was recognized by everyone. Since he undoubtedly was born with art in his veins. That is why he had the vision that many people should share their artworks. Which it is the main reason to why he donated those 100 works to Gunsan in 2013. And donated some works for different causes as well. Such as the social welfare foundation, the elderly living alone, terminally ill patients, victims of the Sichuan earthquake, etc.

Now that we explained you the background of this place, it is time to see how it looks in modern times!

What can I expect?

Entrance

When you first enter, you will come across with the Stamp Tour Section. Where you can get an stamp for your map. And beside, you will be able to see fashion from the 1930s.

During COVID season, you must register at the front desk. After that, you will have to take off your shoes. And take a pair of slippers to be able to go to the second floor.

Needless to say, you do not have to walk around with socks. With the slippers it is fine.

This place has two floors. But due to COVID, only the second floor is open for the public. Since the first one it is used to hold some art activities.

Art activities

One of the best things about this gallery, is that it gives foreigners the chance to experience the korean culture on firsthand. And this is because they have various programs in which we can participate.

Some of the cultural programs that you can find are the handkerchief making, embroidery, pouches making, etc. However, these are not running due to COVID.

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Exposition

When going up to the second floor, you will see these frames. Which tell you about the history of the place.

And then, you will finally be able to enjoy all the beautiful artworks that are there.

It is important to mention, that this gallery changes time to time. Since vast of artists have the opportunity to expose their works.

For example, when I went they had an exposition called ‘The 27th Gunsan Sunday Paintings’. Which depicts the beautiful nature of the region. But after it is over, there will be new artworks replacing the ones that are hanging there right now.

The work that was displayed at that time, is the result of outdoor sketching activities that are held the second Saturday of every month in Gunsan. To find the beautiful nature of the area.

A beautiful cafe in front of the place

When you go out from the gallery, you will find Miz Coffee. A Japanese style cafe that has in fact become a major tourist spot of the city.

To know more about this cafe, we recommend you to read the article we have prepared for you.

Location

This place is located in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province.

Address: 232 Haemang-ro, Jangmi-dong, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do
Schedule: From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 ~ 17:00
How to get there:
From Gunsan Station, you can take bus no. 17, 18, 19, 1, 2 or 5. And get off in the bus stop called 근대역사박물관. From there, you must walk for a minute.

Conclusion

Jangmi Gallery is a contemporary entertainment facility in which you can come in sync with art. Because you might feel related to the artworks that are behind your eyes. Plus you will be able to learn a bit about Ha Ban-young’s history. Who was a famous painter in Gunsan. With this in mind, it is the perfect place for those who love learning new things. Also because they have vast of programs to experience.

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🇲🇽 Fernanda L. Negrete

Fernanda is an integral designer and korean language student. Who wants to share about her travel experiences and korean history.