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Expats living in and around Seoul can take classes in a variety of areas. Some programmes are open to both adults and children, while others are for one group or the other.

Jankara ArtSpace was established by American artist Mike Stewart in 2012. The space, located in Itaewon, offers rental space for artists as well as classes in drawing, painting, illustration, printmaking and other courses/workshops for all levels or artistic and English speaking abilities. See K4E's What's Going On under Art & Culture for the monthly schedule. Info: or Tel: 010-6227-4244(English) / 010-4766-0920 (Korean).  Directions:
From Itaewon Station (line #6, stop 630) come out exit 3 and make a U-turn. Turn left at Olive Young Walk straight past Taco Bell for about 10 minutes. Turn left after Tous les Jours Bakery. There is a supermarket on the corner (한가람마트). Jankura Artspace is on the 4th floor of the building on the corner.

Korean Traditional Music Classes are offered in the Fall and Spring by the National Gugak Center (previously called the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts). The classes are held on Saturday mornings (10:30 to 12:30) for 12 weeks for W70,000 (covers the entire 12-week course). Instruments taught include the janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), the gayageum (12-stringed zither),and the danso (vertical bamboo flute).
You can find more information on the National Gugak Center (NCKTPA) in K4E's Live Performance Theatre Concert Halls Page  or on the Center's webpage. For direct contact re classes in English call 02-580-3054 or email    

Global Village Centers offer a variety of Korean traditional arts and cooking classes for adults with some also for children. The classes are generally offered during weekedays at prices ranging between W5,000-W20,000/person. Global Village Centers include IGVC in Itaewon, SGVC in Seocho-gu, YGVC in Gangnam, 

YÉOL, Society for Korean Cultural Heritage offers seminars focusing on Korean history, arts, culture, etc.  YÉOL is a non-profit, volunteer organization formed to foster and promote interest in Korea's rich cultural heritage and ways to preserve it. Its programs include educational outreach in the form of lectures, field trips, and publications, and funding efforts to protect and restore damaged cultural properties.  YÉOL offers a series of six lectures of which 3 are given in the Sping (March,April and May) and 3 in the Fall/Winter (October, November and December). The lectures are held on the first Monday of the month (or the 2nd if the 1st is a holiday) from 11:30-13:00 at the Seoul Museum of History. Admission to the lectures is free but for only W10,000 can have lunch (sandwich/drink). Info/Res: or T: 82-2-735-5878, 82-2-736-5868 / F: 82-2-736-5878.
SIWA (Seoul International Women's Association) organises Enrichment classes in a variety of areas given by its members for other members. The members-only Enrichment Program include topics such as language learning, cooking from different countries, shopping tours, Korean arts & crafts, fine arts, and lots more. 

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Last Updated on 2019-09-16

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