Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Attraction 747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-890, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
10:30 AM - 06:00 PM
03:30 PM
05:30 PM
First-time visit
Must see
4.50 USD

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Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art opened, after several years of preparation, as an international art and cultural center for the display of both Korean art and world art..

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Why Leeum Samsung Museum of Art is special ?

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art opened, after several years of preparation, as an international art and cultural center for the display of both Korean art and world art. The late Hoam Lee Byung-chul, the founder of Samsung, had displayed his beloved collections of Korean national treasures and art pieces in the Ho-Am Art Museum, Ho-Am Gallery, and the Rodin Gallery. Inheriting the founder’s will, Mr. Lee Kun-hee, the Chairman of Samsung, has been passionately collecting fine artworks of Korean and international contemporary artists, accumulating and preserving Korean treasures with a high historical value. Now, as a fruit of years of hard work, we are opening the Leeum, Samsung Museum or Art to share with you our outstanding art collection.

Source: http://leeum.samsungfoundation.org/

What to explore at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art?

In Museum 1 visitors start on the 4th floor and descend a white staircase, a decor that contrasts with the black galleries, where the ancient Korean ceramic metal and art treasures are superbly lit to bring out their inner beauty. Museum 2 has an entirely different look, with outdoor lighting, natural construction materials and a collection of 20th-century Korean and international art. Museum 3 is reserved for special exhibitions.

Moreover, visitors can visit a secret garden in the basement area of the museum. A sunken garden and Gabion wall, which is a cylindrical metal container filled with stones, are the most interesting features in this section. Art, architecture and nature exist together in perfect harmony.

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How to get to Leeum Samsung Museum of Art?


Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1.

Walk straight for 100m in the direction of Itaewon.

Go into the first alley to the right, which will be signposted for the museum.

Walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.

Selling points

  • Beautiful collection in beautiful designed museum
  • Great exhibits and building
  • Sleek and modern with the perfect amount of interactive
  • Great building, quirky combination of artworks
  • Good display of ancient Korean ceramics

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
  • The Leeum Cafe and Leeum Shop are located in the lobby. The Leeum Cafeoffers a selection of hot and cold beverages and snacks. so you can enjoy after visititng.
  • Any photo or video film should not be taken in the museum.
  • You can find further information about the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art on its online English homepage.
  • On Saturday and Sunday guided tours in English are conducted at 3pm. If you plan to visit during the weekdays and wish to receive an English guided tour, you will need to call at least 2-3 days in advance to make a reservation.
  • The museum will be closed every Monday, January 1st, New Year's and Chuseok holidays.
  • Last admission is 30 mins before closing so you should note to visit on time.
  • The museum is limited parking space. Use of public transportation recommended.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • Visitors are requested to leave their coats and bags at Cloak Room.
  • Any food, beverage or pet should not be brought in the museum.
  • If you go with group ( 20 or more people) reservation is required (discount is applicable on weekdays).
  • The museum receives a 30% group discount on admission for groups of 20 or more by reserving your tickets three days in advance.
  • You can become a member of the museum and enjoy a range of benefits.
  • Group discounts are not available at the door and group reservation and discounts do not apply on weekends and public holidays. You should note to avoid confusing.


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Impressive collections! Museum closes at 6pm, save at least 2 hours if you want to check out everything. The area has many nice restaurant and vibrant nightlife in the evening.

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I really enjoyed my time here! Going to art museums is my second favorite thing to do when I travel and this is probably one of the best museums I've been to in a while. First the architecture is so beautiful and each section of the museum has it's own vibe that compliments the artwork that is on display. Second the entrance fee is completely reasonable and even includes a free audio guide (English available) with these high tech Samsung phones that automatically go off when you're in front of the art piece. The guide also has additional videos or photo books to look at the piece from a different view (like the back of it if you can't see it, or multiple pages of a book in a display case) This was REALLY helpful and I really enjoyed it. Third it has a wonderful mix of old and new. The first gallery is all older works, mostly ceramics, the second gallery is all modern works including some bigger names. I was really surprised to see three Giacometti pieces which was wonderful! The third gallery is the special events currently it's: Shooting the Elephant- this was my least favorite part of the museum- I wasn't a fan but the space itself was really cool! I hope to go back and visit when a different special exhibit is going through. Overall I had a great time and would recommend this art museum to everyone!

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