Seoul Museum of Art
Seoul Museum of Art
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Culinary-Consultants
By Culinary-Consultants
Definitely - I Just Don't Understand Modern Art.
Jan 2020
This place honestly is beautiful and spacious. Lodged in a hill after a bit of a walk in the park paths and after the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs. In the same area literally. The building is kinda like the end of the visit, when you go to the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs and the park (which are beautiful). And as I mentioned this building is beautiful too (inside and out). Nice modernistic architecture inside in contract with the classic architecture outside. I just think is a waste of great space and something else could be here to justify the space and the visit. I just do not get this modern art stuff. There was literally (as you will see in the pictures we shared) a giant pink lotus fruit made in plastic and a mile away a slice of the same fruit standing on a tripod. Shortly later we found a couple of white cast legs with as a torso with a couple of heads on top. Then in the Go Hyang Room upstairs a bunch of magazine pages and anti communist drawings with a TV screen in front written with Arabic or Farsi letters and the face of a guy looking constipated in it. Honestly let's blame it on my, but I come from the school of true classic art when expression made sense and got better results. Today's art seems to me a bunch of garage sell stuff put together in an act of mental masturbation that say or does nothing for society. If you are into that stuff PLEASE come here as you'll feel right in heaven. If you are a guy like me or a lady like my wife that believes in the true talented expression of sculpture, music, painting, photography, etc; then this place is an utter waste of time. We were there 30 minutes literally and left empty. God bless that on the way out we needed to retrace our steps back through the park and the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs and we re-connected with history and nature leaving that BS behind. I hope we made you laugh or smile at least with our candid but accurate description.

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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,360 contributions
The garden in front of the museum is small but very beautiful, with inspiring statues. Alas, there is nothing of interest inside the museum itself...
Written November 20, 2021
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,462 contributions
This place honestly is beautiful and spacious. Lodged in a hill after a bit of a walk in the park paths and after the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs. In the same area literally.

The building is kinda like the end of the visit, when you go to the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs and the park (which are beautiful). And as I mentioned this building is beautiful too (inside and out).

Nice modernistic architecture inside in contract with the classic architecture outside.

I just think is a waste of great space and something else could be here to justify the space and the visit. I just do not get this modern art stuff. There was literally (as you will see in the pictures we shared) a giant pink lotus fruit made in plastic and a mile away a slice of the same fruit standing on a tripod.

Shortly later we found a couple of white cast legs with as a torso with a couple of heads on top. Then in the Go Hyang Room upstairs a bunch of magazine pages and anti communist drawings with a TV screen in front written with Arabic or Farsi letters and the face of a guy looking constipated in it.

Honestly let's blame it on my, but I come from the school of true classic art when expression made sense and got better results.

Today's art seems to me a bunch of garage sell stuff put together in an act of mental masturbation that say or does nothing for society. If you are into that stuff PLEASE come here as you'll feel right in heaven.

If you are a guy like me or a lady like my wife that believes in the true talented expression of sculpture, music, painting, photography, etc; then this place is an utter waste of time. We were there 30 minutes literally and left empty.

God bless that on the way out we needed to retrace our steps back through the park and the Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tombs and we re-connected with history and nature leaving that BS behind.

I hope we made you laugh or smile at least with our candid but accurate description.
Written February 2, 2020
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Paul 12345
Barcelona, Spain602 contributions
Couples
Awful place. Art?? Really?? It is worth less than a Daiso..please avoid it! Staff is very unpolite and complacent
Written December 20, 2019
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Elena L
13 contributions
Solo
So this place is mentioned in almost every tourist book ,advertised at the airport ,mentioned as a must see at the guesthouse
So go online to make sure it’s open and to see if I need to buy a ticket in advance etc
Travel 1 hr to get there to show up where security tell me the entire building is closed due to major construction work
I asked why does the live website say “open today “ is it’s in fact no open ! Update your website !!
Written November 19, 2019
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Ian K
Singapore252 contributions
Had a lovely walk around the museum with my wife in Oct, one early afternoon. The exhibitions were rather interesting and admission is free.

We were especially impressed by one particular exhibit, without spoiling anything, which look like a pair of normal, white marble sculptures of a man and a woman.

The outside of the museum is quite lovely too. When we visited that beautiful autumn afternoon, there was a flea market going on.
Written October 29, 2019
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Odessa Jones
2 contributions
Solo
This isn't a museum for overseas travelers visiting Korea for the first time--that would be the National Museum of Korea. But for people living in Korea, this is a great place to keep on your radar. The first time I was here, I saw an interesting exhibit about modern architecture in Seoul (in the free galleries). Nothing I would go out of my way for, but a nice part of an afternoon in one of Seoul's most attractive neighborhoods. My second visit was this past weekend, when I went to the David Hockney exhibition, which was SPECTACULAR. I love living in Korea, but I do miss being able to go to art museums and see Western art. When there's a show like this, I'm thrilled! The SMA scored Hockney's first major exhibition in Asia, and they brought in some great paintings from all over the world. the curation was solid and there were good English translations of the explanatory material throughout the galleries. It was totally worth the special exhibit fee of 15,000 (roughly $14 US). The galleries were busy so I think Koreans are hungry for more chances to see foreign art. I really hope SMA will be able to get more of these special exhibitions. Everyone go see the Hockney stuff before the show closes Aug. 4!
Written July 1, 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,356 contributions
Couples
Very disappointed in the Seoul Museum of Art -- but perhaps that was because so much of the space was usurped by a David Hockney exhibit. From the limited permanent exhibits we saw, this would not be on the "must visit" list for Seoul.
Written June 27, 2019
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea21,926 contributions
Solo
C ( 19.05.08 )
I visited this art museum while work my business in near area. The art museum was well-managed, and had good garden. The outdoor area was displayed some sculpture in the garden, and many people had rest in this area. It was certain that there was the most beautiful art museum in Seoul. The entrance fee was a little higher than I think.
Written May 8, 2019
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A Y
Hong Kong, China310 contributions
Solo
Although I have been to Seoul a few times, and had passed by this museum before, this is my first time visiting it, for an exhibition on David Hockney's works (from Tate's Collection), said to be the only major exhibition on Hockney in Asia. The museum is worth a visit if there are exhibitions which interest you.
Written April 18, 2019
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Hock Lye
Singapore, Singapore2,048 contributions
Artists are showcase here. Would do with some international exhibit to extend the range. A good way to spend a hot afternoon.
Written June 21, 2018
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