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The Hansol Foundation of Culture began the construction of the Museum SAN in 2005 as a project to promote the role of art and culture in society and offer a high quality artistic and cultural experience.

The museum consists of a paper museum (Paper Gallery) that has existed since 1997 and an art museum (Cheongjo Gallery) that opened in 2013.

Emphasizing the cultural value of traditional paper, the Paper Gallery is dedicated to researching and introducing various cultural, artistic aspects of traditional paper.

The art museum (Cheongjo Gallery) presents a comprehensive collection of important artworks that reflects the development of Korean modern and contemporary art, emphasizing both the regional characteristics of Korea and the universality of art.

Originally born out of a private collection, the museum’s collection has evolved into a public cultural asset that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The architect Ando Tadao’s first impression of the museum site on his visit in 2005 was a ‘peaceful rest surrounded by beautiful nature out of the hectic city life,’ which became the inspiration for his unique design of the museum. Composed of the Welcome Center, the Flower Garden, the Water Garden, the main building, the Stone Garden and the James Turrell Exhibition Hall, the museum facilities extend over seven hundred meters along the natural mountain terrain. The building constructed with the ‘Box in Box’ structure is peacefully harmonized with its natural surroundings.

We hope visitors of the Museum SAN will enjoy a wonderful rest and freedom for mind and body away from the busy city life and experience a creative inspiration in the union of nature and culture.