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M.COLLECT 19: A Gallery Cafe in Gwanghwamun, Seoul

Gwanghwamun is renowned as one of Seoul’s prominent office-dense areas, hosting various government offices, foreign embassies, and headquarters of large and small businesses. Given its high concentration of office workers, the area naturally boasts a diverse range of cafes, from familiar chains like Starbucks to independently operated cozy spaces and affordable franchise cafes.

“Discovering a Local Vibe near Seokgyo Museum of Art”

While Gwanghwamun is often associated with wide squares and towering buildings, heading north from Seoul History Museum and south from Seokgyo Museum of Art reveals a street with a more local ambiance. Recent developments have introduced unique architecture, creating distinctive spaces within Seoul’s urban landscape.

“Gallery Cafe in the Kyunghuidang Building”

Following a narrow alley, you’ll come across the Kyunghuidang building, adjacent to Seokgyo Museum of Art. This brick building with expansive surroundings leaves a lasting impression. Inside, you’ll find various cafes, brunch spots, and office spaces, including a “gallery cafe” tucked away in one corner.

Named “M.COLLECT 19,” this cafe may not be large in scale, but it stands out as a unique space where works of art by different painters are exhibited. Due to its relatively small size and inconspicuous location, it’s a place often visited by those in the know.

“Experience a Unique Atmosphere in a Small Cafe”

The Kyunghuidang building itself exudes an openness not easily found in the heart of Gwanghwamun. On pleasant days, visitors can spend time in the outdoor space in front of the cafe. Despite being in Seoul, the building’s atmosphere gives off a refreshing feeling reminiscent of art villages like Heyri Art Valley in Paju.

Besides offering coffee, the cafe regularly features exhibitions of new artists’ works, providing a hidden gem in the Gwanghwamun area for enjoying both coffee and art.

“M.COLLECT 19 in Gwanghwamun, Seoul”

  • Address: 201, 36 Gyehoegung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-722-9686
  • Operating Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:00 – 18:30
  • Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Instagram: M.COLLECT 19