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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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Modern and traditional

The Leeum Samsung Museum has both a traditional Korean art component and a modern art area. We only toured the modern art area which was easy to see in a few hours. We took... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
ejackson229
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New York

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New York
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Leeum Samsung Museum has both a traditional Korean art component and a modern art area. We only toured the modern art area which was easy to see in a few hours. We took advantage of the warmth indoors to escape the cold of Seoul's winter. There are some very cool art pieces inside and of course the exterior courtyard... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

where nature, art and architecture have been put into one place in an aesthetic way, the space itself is worth visiting, though the artworks were being poorly presented.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is by far the worst art museum I've been to having been to many free and an amazing museums around the world. The charge is 10,000 won ($10) for the pleasure of seeing the founder of Samsung's private collection. When you can see some amazing Joseon artefacts at the National Museum for free and you can see Andy Warhol,... More 

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1 Thank simbieyau
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A great architectural venue. The collection is a bit of a show-off when it comes to Western artists, but the venue is magnificent and the collections well put together. Great Asian works too and special collection on Korean architecture was particularly interesting.

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Thank Guenael M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

A two part museum, with a permanent collection and temporary exhibits. Ultra modern technology guides making navigating the museum a great deal of fun and very informative. Go for both parts if you have the time. Not to be missed.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I enjoyed visiting this museum quite a bit. It is evenly divided between a modern art collection and three floors of traditional Korean arts (the celadon pottery collection in particular is magnificent). The gardens out side house a couple of Kapoors and a Calder among others. If you have a couple of hours, take the time to visit this private... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Visited the Leeum Samsung Museum recently and very much enjoyed our time spent at this world-class private collection in Seoul. Entry fee is ₩10,000 to view the two permanent collections and ₩5000 for special exhibitions. Opening hours are 10.30am to 6pm daily but closed on Mondays. The Leeum permanent collection is divided into two Museums. First, you can view Museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

The gardens with the spectacular outdoor sculptures were wonderful. The exterior and interior designs were first rate, by amazing architects, Koolhaus, Botta and Nouvel. Exhibits included historical artifacts and contemporary international art. Most amazing are the mobile Samsung devices used for guidance, which audio described each piece fully and visually the device's display on the screen allowed expansion of the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

If you are an architect lover or just interested by architecture, you have to visit the museum. Otherwise, the collection is not really worth it. Good plan, only 5000₩ the last Wednesday of the month

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

this I did on my own..and I loved it. 3-4 levels of art starting at the top where they have some of their national treasures from the Joseun Dynasty and also some dating even earlier.

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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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