Art Museums in Seoul

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Art Museums in Seoul

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  • Thomas M
    Des Moines, IA223 contributions
    Celadon and Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst! One of my favorite museums ever. Expertly arranged museum, with the juxtaposition of old and new telling a great story. The self-paced audio tour is worth it.
    Written 6 July 2020
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  • Brian M
    Reading, United States11 contributions
    We visited this museum after visiting one of the palaces. It is clean, well laid out, and had enough English to make us feel we really understood what we were looking at.
    Written 10 November 2021
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  • Toler G
    1 contribution
    Unfortunately due to Coronavirus, we can't visit the museum. This museum is beautiful if you are interested in modern and contemporary arts, this place is for you. My personal favorite artworks are Grandfather and Grandson by Park Su-geun, and Fighting Fowls by Lee Jung-seob. These are beautiful pieces. I recommend attending this museum.
    Written 1 May 2020
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  • mmmmarny
    London, UK33 contributions
    I visited the Arario Museum in Space this morning and wanted to write a review straight away as it left such an impression on me. Firstly, this building is full of contemporary art - so if this isn't your thing then don't bother (I read an earlier review which was prefaced with 'i don't like contemporary art' and then proceeded to review it badly.... why?!)

    The building itself is worth a visit, an extremely unique and interesting piece of architecture which i really enjoyed exploring. The art is a wonderful mix of contemporary sculptures, paintings, prints and video, which work really well in the space. Every room has been used intelligently, with small works of art even in bathrooms and en-suites. Be sure to visit the very top floor (floor 5) and watch the dance video, i have never seen anything quite like it before. I visited at 10am on a Wednesday and had the place to myself. This museum is a wonderful gem and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Written 25 August 2021
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  • Sophie
    Seoul, South Korea96 contributions
    Came here for a free concert. Inside the hall was big and nice. The exterior is nice too, beautiful architecture. Outside, nice place to roam around with nature and have a nice meal on the bench. You can also walk around here, look at the beautiful fall leaves and trees.
    Written 10 December 2019
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  • Celina Y
    Bangkok, Thailand24 contributions
    A history of Coco Chanel as told through Karl Lagerfeld's interpretation. Wander throughout iconic Chanel trademarks and objects of inspiration. A feast for almost all the senses. Nicely curated.
    Written 3 July 2017
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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 29 October 2019
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  • Windy Devita
    Jakarta, Indonesia256 contributions
    You don’t need to enter every galleries or visit every floors or even going to the loo to know how beautiful they have made the architecture of this building. It houses few restaurants, shops, library on top of the exhibition galleries. Felt like I was in another country, very modern, spacious and artsy.
    Written 20 October 2019
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  • Florin A
    Bucharest, Romania6 contributions
    Immersive experience. One can borrow an audio guide in English from the ticket office for free. Make sure you synchronize the audio tape with the shows. Three shows. High quality and affordable souvenirs. Take your time to enjoy - I spent 2 hours there - 3 shows included. Tips: some drawings talk, when out at floor 11 have a look to the buildings around, phones charging is free at the cafe.

    Personal opinion: for a more rewarding experience do your homework: read about life and work of the artists.
    Written 29 August 2019
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  • KDTS
    India72 contributions
    One of my favourite places in the gallery/museum district (or so I call it). Interesting and well curated shows. The production standards of the exhibits are excellent. The accompanying museum store has well made and well priced merchandise.
    A Must visit for anyone in Seoul.
    Written 4 April 2019
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia25,895 contributions
    This was one of a number of impressive building, this one western style in the Deoksugung Palace compound. Arrived at the palace to see the changing of the guard which did not proceed because of slight potential for rain so visited the gardens and came across the museum which was not open. It is one of three around Seoul. Worth a look just for the architecture and gardens.
    Written 17 January 2020
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  • Mazmannan
    Basingstoke, UK9,201 contributions
    The SOMA Museum of Art is located within the Olympic Park in Seoul. It is an art and cultural centre. The museum building is made of materials that are environmentally friendly.

    The museum has two exhibition floors which have five exhibition halls. There is also a Video Art Hall and a drawing centre. Additionally, there are studios for art education.

    The museum holds events in art education programs. There is an art academy for people of all ages. In addition, there are film shows, special presentations and events for kids.

    On the day of my visit, there was an exhibition of Nude masterpieces from Tate.

    The opening hours are 10am to 6pm. The last admission is 40 minutes before closing time. It is closed on Mondays and New Years Day and also the Korean Thanksgiving Day.

    Ticket prices are 3,000 Won for adults (equivalent to about GBP2.00 Aug 2017).

    The sculpture park outside the museum has many sculptures by various artists both local and international. It is worth visiting the museum art shop.
    Written 18 November 2017
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  • Michael T
    Singapore, Singapore2,083 contributions
    We’d managed to get to Whanki Museum by bus from Gyeongbokgung subway station. We had selected a few sites in Buam-dong to visit as our own half day tour.

    Whanki Museum is located in a residential area. The building looks like a big, modern 3 storey house which blended with the neighbouring houses. We’d asked a resident for directions as there were some junctions and we’re not sure which way to turn.

    Kim Whanki is a famous Korean artist but I don’t think a lot of people know him. The museum is of a small scale (photos not allowed) and the number of artworks on display are not a lot. Nevertheless it was good enough for us to have a quick understanding of modern Korean arts through the works of Whanki.

    We met a lady who was on duty on the 3rd floor. She was very kind to explain to us about the artworks and gave us some information, which was helpful. The texts were mainly in Korean so unless you ask for help, you wouldn’t understand.

    It’s a tranquil place for a home but not convenient as a public place.
    Written 30 June 2019
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  • Kat
    Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
    Last week I went to visit the Museum Therapy - Dear Brain Exhibit at the K Museum it Contemporary Art where you can experience visual arts by stimulating your five senses and expending the spectrum of your imagination and appreciation. The exhibition is divided into various sections such as Brain Yoga, Brain Pilates and Brain Fitness. It’s a cool place to explore.
    Written 11 June 2019
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