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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Address: 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-890, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-2014-6900
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$72*
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Contemporary Art Tour in Seoul
90%
Ranked #19 of 382 Attractions in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This Museum/Art Gallery has an amazing collection of Korean artwork and an eclectic mix of modern piece set in an architectural amazing building. The portable guide show cases Samsung technology by providing multiple language explanations of the artwork automatically as you approach the art work (Near field communications). We wished we had more time to appreciate this gallery further, allow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

A MUST visit if you are into modern art and good architecture. I spent 3 hours there and could have seen more, but got tired :-) Tips: - Get the cheap audio guide - makes you put your eyes on the right things - Avoid the museum cafe and shop: even as everything looks nice, the prices are just far... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

It is nice to go to a place that has a combination of the modern and the ancient. Modern art is not to everyone's taste but I liked the assortment of choices. In the part with older art, there were some questionable choices (like a Rothko painting among the pottery because the colors matched...) but the actual artifacts were beautifully... More 

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San Francisco, CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

1. So many guards - in many areas, there were three times as many guards as visitors. 2. Very little depth in the background to the artworks. There were small placards and a digital guide you can rent for an extra KRW 1000 (about one US dollar). The placards for each piece have very little or no information about the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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229 reviews 229 reviews
73 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Absolutely loved the mix of traditional pottery and modern art pieces. Don't know much about the buddhist pieces. Not crowded and you will always have your own space. Great outdoor sculpture and building. Nice neighborhood too.

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Brussel
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79 reviews 79 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Announced as the best museum in Seoul, the expectations were high. But what a disappointment. Entry fee way too high for what you get. Artist works are ok, but not the top for this entry fee. Will never return, there are many better museums in town!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Some of the art works, especially the modern art portion, are really too casual. There isn't much that draws our interest...

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I liked in particular the display of old china. It was exquisite. The best thing about this museum is the phone guide. You just stand in front of the item you would like to be explained and the voice recording goes automatically without you needing to push any buttons. Lovely!

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Adelphi, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is a for fee museum. Entry is 10,000 won. So not bad but not free. They have a free bag check that they want everyone who is carrying a purse or bag larger than an evening purse to use it.They even have a measuring template. So when I transfered my passport and cell phone and wallet tissues lipstick and... More 

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Molinella, Italy
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

As often the case nowadays, the building overshadows the collection. To have delicate, subtle small Korean artworks displayed in a sort of imitation Guggenheim structure is ridiculous. Makes them look small and insignificant. They are not. The contemporary art section shows a fairly sad selection of 2nd half 20th century Korean art heaped in a corner and some boring more... More 

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