Heyri Art Village, nestled among the hills of Paju, is the ideal spot for those who are after a little peace, quiet and culture after the excitement that is Seoul.
Heyri Art Village was dreamed up by book publisher Kim Eun-ho who wanted to create a space where artists of all disciplines could call home. Opened in 2001, the village currently consists of about 500 artists living and working together in harmony.
Walking around Heyri, you are in a constant state of discovery. A sculpture here, a sculpture there. A metal installation here, a bed of tulips there. They pop up in the most unexpected of places but blend so well into the landscape that their existence was never a question. Museums, galleries, cafes, and studios that line the quiet streets, provide quiet spaces for visitors to have a bite to eat or admire the art.
Further afield, residential homes dot the landscape. As befits an artists’ village, the architecture of the space resonates with the natural surroundings. No building is more than three storeys high and there are little fences to separate the line between man and nature.
An interesting fact about Heyri Art Village: it lies about 6km away from the Demilitarized Zone.
Directions: Take the subway to Hapjeong Station, leave from Exit #2. Catch bus #2200 from the bus stop right outside the exit. Stop at Heyri Gate 1.