Gallery Sowyen has its roots in Crafthouse, which was founded in 1994 by Seung Hee Kim (metal artist, professor at Kookmin University) and changed its name to Gallery Sowyen in 2004. Gallery Sowyen is a multicultural space that specializes in art jewelry. Not only a gallery, it includes a cafe, shop, and seminar room. It is located near Seoul’s Changdeok Palace, which is registered as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. From the windows of the gallery, one can enjoy a view of the splendid stone walls of the palace.
Just like the location of Gallery Sowyen, the jewelry of Sowyen has been beloved for its reflection of traditional Korean elements in a contemporary expression. For instance, the popular ssang garakji is a modern take on the traditional Korean twin rings, which were designated as one of the K-crafts (outstanding Korean crafts) by the Ministry of Culture in 2015. In addition, art jewelry made with traditional Korean techniques is also popular.
Starting in 2017, Gallery Sowyen plans to introduce Korean art jewelry abroad, and to exhibit foreign artists here as well.
149 Seo Sulla-gil, Jongno-gu
Monday to Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.–6 p.m.