Through cultural urban renovation
Change to a ‘Human rights’ and ‘Art’ space
‘Abandoned stores’ in Seonmichon Village, the former red-light district, and sex trafficking stores were changed to ‘human rights’ and ‘art’ spaces through cultural and urban renovation.
eonmichon Village, the former red-light district, was neglected for a long time as it was behind an invisible wall.
A gender equality space is newly formed in the alley where sexual exploitation and discrimination prevailed. .Twenty rooms for illegal sexual trafficking were changed to an exhibition hall showing the history of Seonmichon Village. The area focused on human rights, and has cafes and bookstore operated by women. There are rooftop garden where everyone can take a rest pleasantly in the multi-functional cultural space, where human rights, culture, and art flourish.
Of those facilities, the Gender Equality Jeonju is the space where new challenge and respect for each other co-exist, reminding us of the painful history of Seonmichon Village, helping the economic independence of women, learning human rights, and expanding an equality culture
- 9-6, Mulwangmeol 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
Cultural facilities in Seonosong Art Village
Unexpected Art Gallery, multi-functional sexuality culture and art space
Unexpected Art Gallery operates exhibitions, culture, and art programs through the collaboration with local artists and residents, and acts as the hub facility providing a variety of cultural activity contents.
- 3-6, Mulwangmeol 2-gil, Wansan-gu, jeonju
- Closed on Mondays and public holidays. 10:00-17:00
|Ground Floor||Parking Lot (2 cars), restroom|
|2nd Floor||Exhibition Hall|
Surprising Art Ground, the multi-functional sexuality culture and art space
Surprising Art Ground helps the creative activities of artists with a creative activity space, exhibition space, and culture café with the hub facility operating a variety of cultural activity contents.
- 63-1, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
|Basement||Exhibition Hall (Exhibition Hall, Mechanic Room)|
|1st Floor||Culture café, parking lot (4 cars)|
|2nd Floor||Art collaboration space, office|
|3rd Floor||Creative activity space (3 rooms)|
|4th Floor||Creative activity space (3 rooms)|
|5th Floor||Lecture Hall, Meeting Room|
Gender Equality Jeonju, the social innovation center in Jeonju
Gender Equality Jeonju is the fifth commercial building purchased by the Jeonju Municipal Government to close Seonmichon, the former red-light district. The space which exploited women was changed to a platform for women’s human rights, gender equality, culture, and art. Gender equality activities can experience unity and seek after collaboration here.
It is an open space for citizens to be reminded of the history of discrimination and exploitation, improve the awareness on human rights, and implement innovative communication and cooperation. Moreover, Gender Equality Jeonju supports a variety of activities and networking of Jeonju citizens who are interested in gender equality activities. It is the social innovation space aiming to create a gender equality community. Gender Equality Jeonju was established on the basis of the achievements from diverse kinds of activities implemented to change Seonmichon. Gender governance activity to solve the red-light district issue became a successful case of social innovation.
- 7 Mulwangmeol 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
- Weekdays: 09:00-18:00
Check Again, Jeonju Recycling Center
Check Again, Jeonju Recycling Center, was opened in June 2021. It aims to be a public platform which activates the recycling of goods for reuse allowing for a virtuous circle of resources, culture consuming values, and autonomous practices of environmental value by citizens. Check Again holds special exhibitions with works in the theme of reuse, resource recycling, and environment, and the reuse book exhibition, with 100 books in the same themes. Check Again also operates the reuse experience program.
- 200-5, Girindae-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
- Weekdays: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on New Year’s Day, Korean Thanksgiving Day, public holidays)
Bookstore in Seonmichon, Jeonju
The glass castle in the middle of downtown and the space separated from the community by the transparent fence, it’s the bookstore in Seonmichon. The old building used for sexual trafficking was renovated to a bookstore named ‘Mulgyeolseosa’.
The bookstore is owned by seven young artists who are actively engaged in various fields in Jeonju! The bookstore will remove the barrier to Seonmichon and connect to each individual with a warm wave.
- Around 63-1, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
- 11:00-18:00 (closed on Wednesdays and public holidays)
Nosong News Museum
The Nosong News Museum is a village history museum displaying works by artists based on local history and a wide range of stories and the history of residents in Nosong-dong. The museum is part of the Seonmichon Urban Renovation Project. The first floor is a residents’ gallery and community space. 13 small rooms on the 2nd floor are spaces for art with unique meanings and the message room from neighboring elementary, middle and high schools encourage the community. The first floor of Nosong News Museum displays diverse kinds of artwork, including donations from Nosong-dong residents. There is an exhibition hall showing the artworks of residents and antiques they cherished for a long time. The souvenir shop sells handicrafts made by residents. Go up the narrow way to the 2nd floor, and you will see 13 small rooms. The rooms consist of spaces for art work, paintings, and multimedia works, the ‘Room of the Poet Shin Seok-jeong’, commemorating the poet Shin Seok-jeong, who is evaluated to be at the frontier of Korean lyric poetry, and village history rooms including ‘Nosong News’ and ‘Nosong Docu21’ showing life in Nosong-dong, Jeonju, at a glance.
- 43, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do