After an extended close since November, The Sool Gallery is finally opening back up to the public
The Sool Gallery, previously located in Gangnam, is currently relocating to Anguk Station in Bukcheon near Insadong. Although still under interior construction, the grand reopening is scheduled for mid-December.
The Sool Gallery is a government-operated tasting room for traditional Korean alcohol such as makgeolli, soju, yakju, cheongju, and more. The venue offers various programs and services related to traditional liquor, such as exhibitions, seminars, tasting experiences, shops, support for the production of promotional materials, and consulting services in order for interested parties to develop a refined taste for this type of fermented alcohol. Opened in 2015 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, The Sool Gallery helps to spread the value of traditional liquor.
Previous visitors have reported that the process for making sool, the tastings, and the informational session on the future of sool production and significance were the most interesting experiences. The venue can be found decked head to toe with displays of bottles and brands of traditional sool. Tourists have the opportunity to see just about every one of the hundreds of Korean alcohols presented.
The above services are available to the general public as well as media outlets, both domestically and internationally, that are interested in promoting the cultural significance of these drinks. Additionally, each month there is a newly selected theme or "Alcohol of the Month" alongside free tastings programs to allow exposure to a wide range of sool.
If any of you are familiar with the drinking culture in South Korea, you would know how deeply ingrained alcohol is in everyday society. The Sool Gallery is an opportunity for people to experience the rich history and cultural significance of high-quality traditional Korean alcohol, and how it has fostered the drinking culture of today.
We will keep you updated when its doors finally open again, and we encourage our readers to give The Sool Gallery a visit. In the meantime, have a look at their Instagram here.