Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

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One of Korea's leading art establishments, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art boasts an expansive collection of both contemporary and traditional artworks. Opened in 2004, the museum features two key areas spread across three modern buildings. Immerse yourself in traditional Korean masterpieces in Museum 1, where four floors house paintings, ceramics, Buddhist art, and numerous other items marking the progression of the country's cultural legacy. Museum 2 exhibits international artists like Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Lockers are available on site, as well as a European-style cafe. The outdoor sculpture park offers a quiet place to relax. Use our Seoul holiday planning website to arrange your visit to Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and other attractions in Seoul.
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  • This is a really fantastic museum and a bit of a hidden gem, some of the Korean's I was working with hadn't heard of it. The Museum is split into two sections, contemporary art from International and ...  more »
  • The scale of the Knesset, but lots of important works, the works of the masters are on display. A pleasant and good to see. Itaewon Shopping in or around eating in.
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  • I spent a couple hours exploring this wonderful museum in Hannam-dong, I took the subway to Hanganjin and it was a mere 15 minute walk away. The museum has an impressive collection of contemporary art...  more »
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  • I would recommend it if you are looking for a drastic difference of a traditional and modern section. The traditional is filled with old artifacts. The modern is filled with recent paintings and structures. They have a headset with information for each piece available. However, I found the headset insensitive to your location, and pretty abstract. It would have been better if it had more of the history behind the pieces instead of an abstract description. But the atmosphere was good, and you can even take a break between sections and head over to their cafe.
  • A lovely museum with a really great cheap price. The architecture and layout were beautiful and really make you consider the art deeply. Some really amazing pieces from world renowned artists. I just wish I could take pictures inside the gallery.
  • If you love modern art, here's the place. It's a hiiden gem in this city! A tranquil and quiet space that you've imagined!
  • Provide guiding audio head set. Comfortable environment for enjoying arts. Stylish building too.
  • I thought this was the best museum in Seoul. Unlike the larger ones, it's collection is smaller, however it is displayed much better than the others. The building itself is beautiful and each gallery looks like a future concept of what a gallery would look like. My personal interest was the Korean traditional art and there was a great collection. The audio guide is an absolute must- it's only 1,000 won and works extremely well, starting an audio clip for whichever piece you're stood next to, without having to constantly type in numbers, so you can just leave it hanging around your neck and not touch it for the whole gallery. The gallery is owned by Samsung and the use of tech is excellent. You can spin objects around on a screen, zoom into details on your audio guide and as mentioned before, audio will play when you move near a piece, giving you a quick summary of the piece. Highly recommended!

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