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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

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As featured in The Best of Seoul and 2 other guides
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Address: 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-890, South Korea
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Stunning collection

The historical part has a spectacular scenography, and we contemporary part displays a very interesting masterpiece of great artist. You should count 3 hour for the visit.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The historical part has a spectacular scenography, and we contemporary part displays a very interesting masterpiece of great artist. You should count 3 hour for the visit.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking from the outside I really can't wait to get into this museum as I expected to see something special there. Not interesting. Absolutely poor museum. Really disappointing. Now, after the visit, I wish I staid away and save time and money because it was lost.

Thank DmitryStPetersburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

By looking at the outside, you feel you want to go in and have a look at it. I was with my mom to visit this place with the hired private tour guide. I spent almost 4 hours to visit several levels of museum and also an extraordinary work by a special guest of artist. If you are the art,... More 

Thank Jennifer O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you're not into modern art, the museum's architecture is worth the visit and before or after the visit you can walk around the neighborhood that surrounds the museum. Is a very modern part of the city with great restaurants.

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Museum is kinda small than it seems. Entrance is 10,000 wons...some nice pictures can be taken outside the museum. Nice location close to Itaewon. Modern art section is pretty good

Thank Samuel D
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Despite being in Seoul a few times already, this was the first time I made the track to Leeum. This is definitely one I regret not going to earlier. The museum is split into two permanent exhibitions: Beyond Time, which houses historical art, and Beyond Space, housing contemporary art. Beyond Time focuses quite a bit on traditional Korean pottery (showcasing... More 

Thank Christopher K
Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This a museum of modern art, so if you enjoy a more realistic style, this isn't for you. Took the subway and then walked about 10-15 minutes to get here. Hangangin station I believe, exit 10. Once you get outside follow the signs, turn right and head up a steeper road/hill. Museum is on the right hand side. Korean Museum... More 

Thank KW M
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

It was a cold day in Seoul (minus degrees) and the 4 of us decided to take the taxi from Myeongdong to the Leeum Samsung museum. The fare was fairly reasonable and is less than 5000 won (US$4.15) and we were there in about 15 minutes. please note, it is not required to tip taxi driver in Seoul. We walk... More 

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New Orleans
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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 

Thank Lulunolu
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

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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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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