Leeum, Samsung Museum Of Art

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Entrance to Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art in Seoul

Entrance to Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art

Leeum, Samsung Museum Of Art is a fascinating museum that focuses on traditional and modern works of art by artists from Korea and from around the world. The museum and its galleries, some of the most esteemed in all of Korea, opened in 2004.

Leeum, Samsung Museum Of Art is located just east of the international nightlife area of Itaewon.

Over 120 artifacts are on display over four floors across three buildings. These works, many which are national treasures, include paintings, calligraphies, ceramics, metal works, and Buddhist sculptures.

One building displays traditional art while the other building exhibits modern and contemporary art. The third building, known as the Samsung Child Education & Culture Center, is a space used for the next generation of artists and cultural leaders.

18th century blue and white porcelain bottle at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

18th century blue and white porcelain bottle

Celadon (Goryeo Dynasty, 12th century) at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

Celadon (Goryeo Dynasty, 12th century)

Museum 1 is a permanent display of Korean traditional art dating back to prehistoric times. A large collection of artifacts found here are from the Goryeo Dynasty (937-1392) and the Joseon Dynasty (1395-1910). The building was designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

Museum 1
B1 – Lobby
1F – Buddhist art and metal works
2F – Paintings and calligraphy
3F – Buncheong ware and porcelain
4F – Celadon

Mountain Valley by Lee In Sung at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

Mountain Valley by Lee In Sung

Mountain Valley by Lee In Sung at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

Do Ho Suh staircase inside Museum 2

Museum 2 features over 80 works of modern and contemporary art by Korean and international artists. Korean art found here dates back to 1910 while international works date back to the end of the second World War in 1945. The building was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Museum 2
B1 – Contemporary art
1F – International modern art
2F – Korean modern art

Modern art in Museum 2 focuses on a certain number of Korean artists.

Artists Chungjeon Lee Sang-beom and Sojung Byeon Kwan-sik were some of the first to make the transition from traditional to modern techniques with Korean Oriental paintings. Artists Lee In-sung, Lee Joong-Seop, Park Soo-keun, and Chang Uc-chin mixed Western style and Korean style methods of painting. Works of art by Kim Whan-ko and Nam June Paik have been internationally recognized and set the bar for modern art in Korea.

International artists are also recognized here for their contributions to modern art. Some of these artists include Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, and even Andy Warhol.

Self Standing Janus' Knots by Jean-Michel Othoniel in the Public Zone at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

Self Standing Janus’ Knots by Jean-Michel Othoniel in the Public Zone

Public Zone at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul

Public Zone at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

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Directions To Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art

  • Take Subway Line 6 to Hangangjin Station (Exit 1).
    Cross the first street.
    Walk 100 meters to the first alley and turn right.
    Continue up the hill for 5 minutes to reach the museum.

Hours

  • Tuesday-Sunday : 10:30-18:00
    Last admission is at 17:00
    Closed on Mondays, January 1st, Seollal, and Chuseok

Fees

  • Permanent Exhibitions
    Adult (19+) : 10,000
    Youth (7 - 18) : 6,000

    Special Exhibitions
    Adult (19+) : 6,000
    Youth (7 - 18) : 4,000

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) of Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art : 37.538133,126.999158.
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