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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

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Address: 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-890, South Korea
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Beautifully curated

The collections are exquisite and beautifully curated. I'm not a great fan of the audio guides, which repeatedly tell you how beautiful everything is as if you can't see it for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

you are not allowed to bring your camera, the technology, building, lighting was nice but the exhibition kind of ordinary in my opinion

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The collections are exquisite and beautifully curated. I'm not a great fan of the audio guides, which repeatedly tell you how beautiful everything is as if you can't see it for yourself or make your own judgement. Worth it just for the architecture alone. Also the best latte in Seoul, in my humble opinion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Not as large as the Lourve or the MoMA, Leeum is equally astounding in terms of aesthetics and appreciation of ancient heritage. Tucked inside a quiet hill side of bustling Itaewon, she is perched on a little hill waiting to welcome art lovers and history buff alike. I went to the ancient Korean Art exhibit where Celadon and Porcelain art... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a good museum for viewing Korean art and ceramics in a classier setting than most. I'm not very interested in modern art, so the modern art section was a bit lost on me. The admission is very overpriced in my opinion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I came with no expectations, and left thinking it was one of the best art museums I've been to (I've been to many). Firstly, the building itself is impressive, and conveniently located next to some cool restaurants and coffee shops. Secondly, the museum has both an antique Korean art collection and a modern art collection, so you get a rounded... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

From reading the commentary in the Lonely Planet guide to Seoul our expectations of this museum were high. We started with Museum 2, the contemporary art collection and to make a long story short : only a few pieces were worth the trip. Museum 1 was merely OK.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

In the Lonely Planet guide of Seoul this museum was highly recommended and thus we were expecting an interesting collection. Unfortunately, very few pieces were worth the trip to this museum.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This museum was quite disappointing from what we expected. To start with, the exhibitions in the lobby, were the most interesting. The staff wasn't so friendly. Sort of resembling the old ladies working in the louvre or in a Russian tea pot museum. You are watched all the time by the staff. If you move to look closer on an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visited the Leeum Samsun Museum of Art in April this year. Architecture alone was worth the visit, but the distinct Modern Art and Classical Korean Art, ceramics and textiles were exquisite. Located on a side street on Han river side of Itaewon it was a wonderful place to spend a rainy day. Nearby is a fabulous complex called Passion 5... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Tucked away in Itaewon, I got a little lost finding it so arrived with only around an hour to visit. I would recommend giving yourself a few hours to spend with the two collections (the traditional art and contemporary), I wish I hadn't had to rush through.

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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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