Samtan Art Mine is a creative culture and art complex that was built on the site of an abandoned mine which was run for 38 years since 1964. It is the first art mine in South Korea which was established in 2013 in order to contribute to the development of arts and culture through advanced support programs for artists and with over one hundred thousand art works collected from 150 countries.
Samtan Art Mine, which was established in 2013, won the Public Design Award of the same year, and it was chosen as one of the 100 tourist sites Koreans should visit in 2015 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization. Samtan Art Mine is an industrial heritage that has reused the coal mine site and machines, various historical data on miners and the site of abandoned mine. It also has experience facilities, exhibit halls, performance facilities, restaurants, etc. There are art works, ceramics, sculptures, etc. collected from around 150 countries stored in the museum storage, and only part of them are put on public display.
Samtan Art Mine, which is a art theme park, is largely divided into Art Center, the main building, and the outdoor Memory Garden. Rail by Museum is also remarkable. Samtan Art Mine shows the real work environment of miners, which allows the visitors to gain field experience. Currently, it is used as a shooting place for drama, movies, music videos, etc. and also for photographers. The outdoor exhibition hall and the Memory Garden are places for commemorating miners who were sacrificed on the ground. 'The Coal Miner' is a memorial stone for commemorating miners who were killed due to various accidents including the tragedy in 1974 where 26 miners were buried inside the mine. The memorial stone was also erected to remember the miners who led the industrialization of South Korea.