About Us
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.

Address
149 Seo Sulla-gil, Jongno-gu
Seoul 03134
Korea

Contact
Phone: 82-2-379-5950
Email: sng@kookmin.ac.kr

Hours
Monday to Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

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Gallery Sowyen, South Korea
Gallery Sowyen, South Korea
Gallery Sowyen interior
Gallery Sowyen interior, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen interior
Gallery Sowyen interior, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen cafe
Gallery Sowyen cafe interior, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen exterior
Gallery Sowyen exterior, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen display
Gallery Sowyen display, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Artist talk at Gallery Sowyen
Artist talk at Gallery Sowyen by Seung-Hee Kim, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen opening party
Gallery Sowyen opening party, 2014, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Artist Seung-Hee Kim
Artist Seung-Hee Kim working in studio, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Keum-Boo, Pepper Chain Pebble Necklace
Keum-Boo, Pepper Chain Pebble Necklace, amber, sterling silver, 24k gold, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Seung-Hee Kim, Karacgi rings
Seung-Hee Kim, Karacgi rings, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Keum-Boo, Cubic earring & neckpiece
Keum-Boo, Cubic earring & neckpiece, sterling silver, 24k gold, 14k pin, photo: Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen, South Korea
Gallery Sowyen interior
Gallery Sowyen interior
Gallery Sowyen cafe
Gallery Sowyen exterior
Gallery Sowyen display
Artist talk at Gallery Sowyen
Gallery Sowyen opening party
Artist Seung-Hee Kim
Keum-Boo, Pepper Chain Pebble Necklace
Seung-Hee Kim, Karacgi rings
Keum-Boo, Cubic earring & neckpiece

Object Feature

Yong Joo Kim, Varied Degree of Protrusion III
Yong Joo Kim, Varied Degree of Protrusion III
Hea Lim Shin, Rod (15 different colored brooches)
Hea Lim Shin, Rod (15 different colored brooches)
O Ju Yeon, Modern Recipe
O Ju Yeon, Modern Recipe