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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

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Itaewon
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Address: 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-890, South Korea
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Amazing collection

The Leeum (Samsung Museum) itself is a work of art, with architecture by Rem Koolhaus, Mario Botta and Jean Nouvel. It is much larger than I realized, so I saw the complete modern... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Leeum (Samsung Museum) itself is a work of art, with architecture by Rem Koolhaus, Mario Botta and Jean Nouvel. It is much larger than I realized, so I saw the complete modern and contemporary collection, but only scratched the surface of the tradional museum. You should allow 3 hours to see everything. The modern and contemporary museum is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1) Museum is not so big as it seems. Admission is 10000 won 2) Open 10:30–18:00. Usually it's closed on Mondays 3) Buildings and space around the museum are one of the main things to look at 4) Children are welcome! Koreans love children, so don't be afraid if your kid is loud 5) Small and quite expensive cafe, good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has two houses, Korean traditional objects are being exhibited in museum 1, while museum 2 is dedicated to modern and contemporary arts. There are quite a few pieces in museum 1 being listed under "Treasure" and "National Treasure" categories. The museum is situated in a quaint quarter of Seoul. Even if one chooses not to visit the museum,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my 3rd time here in 3 years, and probably last The 2 permanent exhibitions are always the same and the temporary exhbibits are few and far in between. I enjoy the rothko, giocometti, hitst, warhol, de kooning et al, but they are always the same ones. I think they bought a new murakami, which is nice The other... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfriendly and too few staff that results in a tense and chaotic atmosphere. Inefficient layout, stuffy air, bad curating and ridiculously expensive. Even if I try really hard I can barely find any good attributes about this place - but then again, all opinions are subjective. I guess you could say that the surrounding area is quite pleasant; I felt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in Winter. It was a excellent activity. Guides were friendly. We even had free entry as we were willing to participate in a survey

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Thank Mei Lin O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is split into three: contemporary, Korean and visiting exhibitions (additional cost). The Korean covers pottery, buddhist artifacts and paintings, all of which are very well presented and sourced. The contemporary is a mix of western and Korean artists, mainly Abstract. Close to some Rothkos is a blank black wall which was attracting interest until they realised it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Really solid special and permanent exhibits. Impressive. Free day pass for foreigners today (fill out a survey for free admission ~ drop off the survey on your way out) Museums here can be big and underwhelming- not the case at Leeum. Global collection/ staff is friendly/near the Grand Hyatt hotel

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Metro line 6 - Stn Hangangjin, exit 1. Walk straight out from the exit and soon you will see signs for the museum. It is about 300m total. Currently they have a special exhibition by Olafur Eliasson called "The Parliament of Possibilities". I am not normally a modern art lover, but the wife dragged me in and I love it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

I was very surprised by this museum. We went there not expecting much, but was blown away by by the high standard, both content wise as well as location/architecture. Also being a huge fan of Anish Kapoor is was very pleased by the courtyard. Great shop as well! Highly recommended!

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Itaewon
Neighboring the immense Yongsan American Garrison, Itaewon was once shunned by locals as a seedy, red light district. But within the past few years, Itaewon and its surrounding neighborhoods such as Kyunglidan and Haebangchong have undergone a major revival to quickly become one of Seoul’s hottest areas. Here, trendy international restaurants dot the area alongside hip lounge bars and some of Seoul’s hottest club venues. After dark, Itaewon comes into its own as one of Seoul’s top party scenes. The crowd is a fascinating patchwork of all backgrounds and identities, including a small but thriving Muslim community (centered on Korea’s sole mosque), the LGBT community (with a string of popular bars and clubs), and a wide range of ethnicities and cultures scattered around. Those seeking a quiet respite should head towards the eastern end, in Hannam-dong, which not only has one of Korea’s best art museums, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, but plenty of mid-range to upscale restaurants and cafes.
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