[Well-Curated Weekend] It’s time to hunt for antiques and art

Antiques collected by Kim Ji-yeon during her travels abroad are for sale at Ace Four House in Euljiro, Seoul. (Ace Four House Instagram)

Nicknamed the ‘House of Treasures’, Ace Four House in the Euljiro district is frequented by people looking for unique antiques as well as casual visitors browsing the exotic artifacts on display.

Ace Four House owner Kim Ji-yeon, who studied fashion communication in Seoul and Europe, was passionate about European antiques even before opening the store.

“Before the pandemic struck, I was traveling to the outskirts of European cities where there are rare collections of ancient art. I always came back to Korea with my luggage full of things. I find it fascinating to collect the stories of each room along the way, ”said the owner, adding that sharing the different perspectives on the rooms with visitors is what gives her joy.

The price range is wide, so you can spend with a little pocket money or invest in a suitable room for your home.

A cozy, dimly lit cocktail bar, the Ace Four Club, is located above the shop. But beware, after a few drinks, you might end up buying more than you expected.

Ace Four House is located on the second floor of the Samhwa Paint building near Euiljiro-3-ga station, exit # 1. It is open from 2pm to 9pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

You can check the store’s Instagram page for the latest updates on some of the antiques, including information on when and where they were purchased.

The store’s collection changes every two to three months.

Fall Art Market at Seoul Arts Center

A poster for the Fall Art Market at Seoul Arts Center (Seoul Arts Center)

A poster for the Fall Art Market at Seoul Arts Center (Seoul Arts Center)

If you’re looking for affordable art, the Seoul Arts Center in Seocho-gu, south Seoul, hosts the Fall Art Market starting Friday at the Hangaram Arts Center Museum. Some 88 artists, including 24 young artists selected by the Seoul Arts Center, participate in the event. Organizers say this is an opportunity for potential art buyers who are unsure of where to start and perhaps make their first purchase.

The market will be held until October 24 and some of the participating artists will be on hand to explain their works. All profits from sales are donated to the artists. With prices starting at 100,000 won ($ 84), the art market is a far cry from the exclusive playground of the rich and famous that VVIP-centric art fairs often cater to.

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held in the three exhibition halls of the museum. The museum is closed on Mondays and admission is free.

Observation of chrysanthemums in the quiet morning garden

A visitor appreciates the chrysanthemums on display at the Calm Morning Garden in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province. (Calm morning garden)

Attend the Wild Chrysanthemum Exhibition before it ends on October 17 at the Calm Morning Garden in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

While the garden is filled with colorful flowers in spring and summer, visitors can enjoy the Chrysanthemum Festival during the fall months with the blazing fall foliage of Chungnyeongsan nearby.

A myriad of fully blooming chrysanthemums cover virtually every corner of the outdoor garden.

The festival has a program at Class House every Sunday, where attendees can make a terrarium for a small plant, including a moss ball. The garden offers other programs for visitors to experience the joys of gardening.

Most programs are 20 minutes long and prices vary.

Meanwhile, the chrysanthemum exhibit will begin on October 16 and run through November 21. Besides flowers, the exhibit showcases many aspects of Korean gardening, from trees to small stone walls.

You can consult the updated information on the exhibitions of the Jardin du Matin Calme on its official website.

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