February has been giving us Seoulites a cold wave. It’s less biting than January’s frigid spell, but it’s still not inviting for any outdoor stroll. I had been seriously hibernating since I came back from my country’s warm embrace but I can’t be staying in the house forever. And so, I joined a group of lovely women yesterday at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.
Our Leeum visit was a treat because we were expertly toured around by Kyung (I just met her yesterday but she’s a good friend of a good friend – how’s that?), who works as a volunteer tour guide at the museum. She gives tours once or twice a month and I guess, we were lucky she was kind to tour the group yesterday.
Leeum has a smaller version of the Millenium Eye, the symbolic landmark of Digital Media City. It has 2 museums: Museum 1 has the Traditional Korean Art; and Museum 2 has the Modern and Contemporary Art by Korean and foreign artists. The 3rd Building houses the Samsung Child Education and Culture Center and is being used for educational and exhibition functions. We are not allowed to take photos inside the museum but we can take photos in the lobby and that’s exactly what some of us did.
The above contemporary art is 18 meters long and is seen from the lobby as it hangs on the 4th floor high ceiling of the museum.
There’s also an interesting interpretation of the solar system and as this is on the stairs leading out of Museum 1, I was able to take a photo:
The IG photo above doesn’t do justice. It’s more impressive when you get to see it on display. As all artworks are meant to be, they are better seen with your own eyes. Going through the whole exhibit is approximately 2 hours so if you plan to visit, you can work around that time frame. As Leeum is located in Hannam-dong, there are many restaurants and cafes where you can spend a relaxing time in with friends. You can go to nearby L’Atelier or have lunch at Tasting Room like we did. Or leisurely walk around and check out the different restaurants serving different cuisines. You’re in the area of Itaewon and you can’t find a more international place as this one here in Seoul.
How to go there?
Address: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04348
By subway: From Hangangjin Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1, walk straight for 100m towards Itaewon. Make a right turn at the first intersection and alley, walk up the hill for about 5 minutes.
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