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Seoul Museum of Art

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61 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04515 South Korea
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SeodaemunSeoul Metropolitan Subway9 min
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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
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Culinary-Consultants wrote a review Feb 2020
Ferrara, Italy3,459 contributions590 helpful votes
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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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Date of experience: January 2020
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Paul 12345 wrote a review Dec 2019
Barcelona, Spain602 contributions237 helpful votes
Awful place. Art?? Really?? It is worth less than a Daiso..please avoid it! Staff is very unpolite and complacent
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Elena L wrote a review Nov 2019
13 contributions2 helpful votes
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 !!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Ian K wrote a review Oct 2019
Singapore252 contributions10 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Odessa Jones wrote a review Jul 2019
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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!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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