The Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art is located at 1165, Sangmu-daero, Seo-gu, Gwangju, which is the former official residence of the Jeollanam-do governor.
This building, which was built in March 1982 as the former official governor's residence, was once called local Blue House (the Korean presidential residence) since former presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo used it as their lodgings when they visited Gwangju and Jeonnam during the Fifth and Sixth Republic. Over time, however, its use came to an end along with the reassessment of history and transfer of the office site. Afterward, the site was newly created as Sangrok Neighborhood Park based on the hope of private and public sectors to return the wonderful greenland to the citizens as part of the project for converting former sites of public institutions into parks. The governor's residence was changed into a cultural space in the midst of the forest.
Operated as Sangrok Exhibition Hall as an annex of Gwangju Museum of Art from September 2006 to August 2016, this space provided the citizens with an opportunity to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences through various visual arts exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs.
Afterward, it was renamed and reopened as the Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art in March 2017 as an annex of Gwangju Museum of Art in order to commemorate the noble spirit of Ha Jung-woong, who contributed to the cultural development of Gwangju by donating a total of 2,523 artworks from 1993 till now, and to utilize actively the excellent artworks that he donated and which were produced by artists like Lee Ufan, Chun Hwa-hwang, Quck In-sik, Choi Seung-hee (photos), Chagall, Picasso, and Andy Warhol.
The Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art is performing its roles by exhibiting collections and hosting various exhibitions using the Ha Jung-woong collection, which is called the "Art of prayer," operating cultural education programs for citizens, and serving as a venue of exchange for researchers in and out of the country.
By operating The Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art, Gwangju Museum of Art will continue its efforts to develop specialized values by connecting the Ha Jung-woong collection, which is characterized by diaspora, human rights, and peace, and the identity of Gwangju -- which includes democracy, human rights, and peace -- and to strengthen the status of Gwangju as a culture-centered city.