I love Seoul!
I’ve been to Seoul, South Korea, a couple of times now and the city has been a pleasant surprise for me.
You can find a lot of articles about Seoul on my blog. I recommend you start with this one and this one. These two articles summarize what I love about Seoul and they explain why you should try to visit this city too!
One of the things I love about Seoul is the creativity and the art that is everywhere. There are numerous galleries and musea and the Leeum is one of the ones that I visited.
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art is eclectic
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, is born from the private collection of the late Hoam Lee Byung Chui, the founder of Samsung.
The building is eclectic with three totally different ‘wings’ by three architects: Rem Koolhaas, Mario Botta and Jean Nouvel.
The buildings look interesting inside as well. The snail house stairs reminded me of the Guggenheim in NY.
Also the Leeum’s collection is eclectic:
- museum 1 houses Korean traditional art
- museum 2 contains art by contemporary Korean and international artists
- further there is the Samsung Child Education and Culture Centre
- of course there are temporary exhibits
- and there is outdoor art on an elevated terrace
Unfortunately there were no pictures allowed inside, with a few exceptions, so I cannot show you much from the exhibits.
Well worth the visit
The Leeum Museum can easily be ‘done’ in a couple of hours. It has a cafe with a cool design but a limited menu.
All in all, I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum. I really enjoyed it!