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J-Bug Cultural Complex

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Learn about the J-Bug Cultural Complex and its insect design.

The J-Bug Cultural Complex (뚝섬자벌레; map) nestles below the spiraling on-ramps of Cheongdam Bridge in Seoul’s Ttukseom Hangang Park.

“J-Bug.” What kind of name is that?

Drafters modeled the building’s tubular, matte white form after moth larvae.

What about the “J”?

Check out the satellite view of the complex (map). From a bird’s-eye perspective, you can see the J-Bug unfurls like the letter “J.” The bottom bend faces the Han River. And neck of the “J” connects with Ttukseom Resort Subway Station (뚝섬유원지역; map) on Seoul Subway Line 7.

What’s inside?

J-Bug is a free-for-everyone community complex featuring three-stories.

  • 1st floor — The J’s tail connects with Ttukseom Resort Station (뚝섬유원지역; Line 7; exit 3). The building’s neck holds exhibition spaces, a video hall, and a library. An observatory facing the Han River and a performance space occupy J’s bottom swoop.
    • March ~ October: 10 AM ~ 12 AM
    • November ~ February: 10 AM ~ 11 PM
  • 2nd floor — A library for children and meeting spaces.
    • All-year: 10 AM ~ 6 PM
  • 3rd floor — meeting rooms and offices
    • All-year: 10 AM ~ 6 PM

J-Bug acts as Ttukseom Hangang Park’s focal point. On sunny days, in the shade of the white beast, picnickers devour gimbap, rollerbladers weave, and couples hold hands. And every Saturday from noon till 4 PM, a flea market hums under J’s pale belly.