Seoul Olympic Museum of Art in “Her Private Life”

by My Onni You

A Korean drama “Her Private Life” stars Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young where both later worked together in an art gallery and discovered their connection from the past. The story of the drama is about a curator who has a secret of being a fangirl. She kept it as a secret because of her former boss doesn’t want someone who is a fangirl like her daughter. Even Sung Deok-mi’s (Park Min-young) mom is against of her fangirling life. When she was in her middle school she went home with a broken arm due to her fangirling.

Seoul Olympic Museum of Art in “Her Private Life”

SOMA or Seoul Olympic Museum of Art was featured in the drama “Her Private Life” as CHEUM Art Gallery where Sung Deok-mi (Park Min Young) works as a curator and Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook) as the director.

This art museum is located in Seoul Olympic park, you can take subway line 9 to get here and take off at Hanseong Baekje Station, exit at gate 2 and it’s the easiest way to get here because it is actually connected directly at the gallery.

SOMA or Seoul Olympic Museum of Art was created in celebration of the Seoul Olympics in the 1980s. It is one of the art museums that has a beautiful landscape and architecture that connects to nature.


1. Indoor Exhibition Space
2. Built-in Underground space

SOMA is divided into 2 facilities, such as Museum 1, this is an indoor exhibition space, and Museum 2 is built in the underground that connects the museum to the Sculpture Park.  The Seoul Olympic Museum of Art is famous for its Sculpture park that is filled with sculptures and landscapes from around the world. It also attracts visitors due to its unique landscape that shares art, architecture, and nature that comes with perfect harmony.


SOMA also offers education programs for adults like Regular programs about Creative Drawing and Creative Thinking for 3 years (6 semesters) / 15 classes per semester. For kids Elementary school students in 1st–4th grade they have a Drawing Academy for 2 years (4 semesters) / twice a month, 8 classes per semester. Sculpture program is for 3rd grade of elementary school or older and class is for 4 years (8 semesters) / once a month, four classes per semester.

They also other programs like Experience programs, Public Education-related, and social contribution programs. The museum opens from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and last admission is an hour before it closes.


The Sculpture Park is highly recommended due to its beautiful sculptures from around the world.  It’s nice to visit here during autumn especially at the Blue zone which the Convention Center, Olympic Hall, and K-art Hall reside when the fall leaves turn it’s colors already. Check photos HERE for more details.


10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Last Admission is 5:00 pm)
Every Monday, January 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok

Docent Hours: 

  • Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
  • Weekends 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm

Admission Fees:

  • Adults(Age 25–64)
    • Individual: KRW 3,000
    • Group: KRW 1,500
  • Youths(Age 13–24)
    • Individual: KRW 2,000
    • Group: KRW 1,000
  • Children(Age 7–12)
    • Individual: KRW 1,000
    • Group: KRW 500
  • Groups of 20 visitors or more, the group rate will be applied.
  • The youth rate will be applied to soldiers (Staff Sergeant or lower in rank), university students (student ID holders), and holders of the Artist Pass.
  • Separate admission fees may be required for some exhibitions.

Free Admission:

  • Children ages 6 or under
  • Senior citizens ages 65 or older
  • Men of National Merit
  • Visitors with a registered disability

For more information, you may check Seoul Olympic Museum of Art’s website.  (with English translation)


424 Olympic-ro, Oryun-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 송파구 위례성대로 51 (서울특별시 송파구 방이동 88-21)

How to get here?

Seoul Subway Line 9, Hanseong Baekje Station [한성백제역],  Exit 2
(Directly connected to SOMA)

Seoul Subway Line 8, Mongchontoseong Station [몽촌토성역],  Exit 1
(Walk 200 meters to the right inside World Peace Gate)

For other filming location of the drama check this post, Her Private Life Filming Locations is Seoul

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carllbatnag June 17, 2019 - 10:14 pm

You’re making me feel as though I’ve missed a lot of Seoul (which I actually did haha). I’m having fun reading about your adventures so please do keep coming and when I do return to Seoul, I’ll have a list of places I will visit. 🙂

Homebound Mom August 8, 2020 - 1:22 am

I love love this kdrama. When I watched this, I told myself that this museum is definitely one of the places that I will visit when I go to South Korea.


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