Whanki museum has opened in 1978 in Buam-dong based on the Whanki Foundation, decision was made to build in Buam-dong because it was not far from Seungbuk-dong where Kim Whanki had many attached, the two places are much in common. The building was designed by architect Woo KyuSeung based in the US . Construction started in 1990, the main building was completed and it opened in November 1992.
Corresponds to the nature surrounded Whanki Museum, emphasized curved line and it softly shaped, correspond to nature surrounded the building construction material of exterior building has been used by stones and used bricks for the lower part of the building. Finally finished upper part of the building by lead coated copper plate.
Main building has three stories, content three exhibition spaces, offices, storage, and library, inside of the building walls mostly painted in white, to solve the problem of closed space, building designed to let the sun light comes into the building indirectly into each stories. Each exhibition space is connected to center space like the spiral shaped and designed to across each other, leaves possibility to let audience make their way to view around the museum. Also main building has designed for the best way to display Kim Whanki's work.