[Well-curated weekend] Discover new artists, browse film magazines and admire the flowers in the palace greenhouse

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Admission to the HoHo Art Festival held at Collabo Haus Dosan in southern Seoul. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Tired of queuing to see works of art in crowded renowned galleries? At the HoHo Art Festival, you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy art, coffee, and music.
The rooftop of Collabo Haus Dosan where the HoHo Art Festival takes place until April 24.  (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

The rooftop of Collabo Haus Dosan where the HoHo Art Festival takes place until April 24. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Contemporary artworks and installations by some 78 emerging artists are on display at Collabo Haus Dosan, a 10-minute walk from Exit No. 3 of Apgujeong Station.
Works by emerging artists are exhibited at the HoHo Art Festival at Collabo Haus Dosan.  (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Works by emerging artists are exhibited at the HoHo Art Festival at Collabo Haus Dosan. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Organized by Art Blending, an artist agency, the festival is self-managed by the participating artists. Guests can vote for the top three pieces. After voting, they are eligible to participate in a raffle event. The grand prize winner will receive an artwork on display at the end of the festival.
Works by emerging artists are exhibited at the HoHo Art Festival at Collabo Haus Dosan.  (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Works by emerging artists are exhibited at the HoHo Art Festival at Collabo Haus Dosan. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

The gallery does not receive any commission for the works represented. Admission is free and the exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until April 24.

Free coffee is offered to customers who have made reservations through the Naver website.

Cultural center for film buffs

Myung Films Art Center located in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.  (Myung Films Art Center)

Myung Films Art Center located in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. (Myung Films Art Center)

If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee, watch a movie, read magazines and attend an exhibition in one day, Myung Films Art Center designed by famous architect Seung Hyo-sang might be the place for you.

The cultural center was established in 2015 by Myung Films, the company behind hit films such as “Joint Security Area” and “Architecture 101,” and is located in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.

The first floor of the art center has a theater with a 4K projector and a Dolby Atmos sound system. Like many other art cinemas, there is no popcorn here and only drinks are allowed. The theater does not turn its lights back on until the end credits are over, allowing the audience to fully enjoy the cinematic experience.

A theater on the first floor of Myung Films Art Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.  (Myung Films Art Center)

A theater on the first floor of Myung Films Art Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. (Myung Films Art Center)

Movie tickets open for sale at 9:30 a.m.

In the Cafe-Moeum on the first floor, visitors can read books related to cinema, architecture and design. Movie-related merchandise such as posters and scripts are also sold here.

Moviegoers can go straight to the second floor where movie magazines are on display.

The third floor of the Myung Films Art Center features stills, scripts, and film props.

The third floor of the Myung Films Art Center features stills, scripts, and film props.

The collection includes the film magazines Cine21, Archive Prism and Film Busan. It also offers movie magazines that are no longer published such as Kino, Screen, Premiere, Film2.0 and Movieweek.

The center’s third and fourth floors display stills, scripts and film props. This weekend, the production process of “Leafie: A Hen into the Wild” can be seen in detail in the exhibit hall on the fourth floor.

Tickets to enter the second, third, and fourth floor facilities can be purchased at the cafe for 3,000 won.

The cafe and exhibition halls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Changgyeonggung Great Greenhouse

Couples and families visit the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Couples and families visit the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

In the soft, warm spring breeze, the green grass and trees of palaces, royal tombs and parks signal the arrival of spring.

The colorful flowers displayed in the Great Greenhouse make Changgyeonggung, a Joseon period palace, popular among photographers and visitors who want to enjoy the coming spring.

Visitors dressed in hanbok enjoy the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Visitors dressed in hanbok enjoy the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Located in Jongno-gu in central Seoul, Changgyeonggung Great Greenhouse is a favorite site for friends, families, and couples.

After a 10 to 15 minute walk from Exit 4 of Hyehwa Station on Subway Line 4, a majestic stone wall marks the Changgyeonggung district.

Visitors dressed in hanbok enjoy the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Visitors dressed in hanbok enjoy the Changgyeonggung Grand Greenhouse on April 5. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Open from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., the Great Greenhouse is accessible with an entrance fee of 1,000 won.

With a QR code check at the entrance, visitors can enjoy the splendid Joseon architecture. Visitors can also dress up in colorful hanbok, the traditional Korean attire, to take photos.

Visitors look at citrus junos at the Great Greenhouse (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Visitors look at citrus junos at the Great Greenhouse (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

A large pond called Chundangji welcomes visitors in front of the greenhouse.

After a short walk on the circular path around the pond, visitors can see the Western-style greenhouse, built with large white-painted glass and steel panels and wood-framed structures. Inside, the greenhouse features colorful flowers and trees including laurel, ardisia crenata, citrus junos, camellia and more.

There is a parking lot near the entrance to Changgyeonggung. However, as it is very crowded on weekends, it is advisable to take public transport. Metro line 4 and buses 100, 102, 103 and 106 will take you there.

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By Korea Herald (khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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