We’re just going to say it: this is the top art museum in Korea. Leeum is made up of three buildings, each of which is designed by a renowned architect (Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas). One wing houses their collection of traditional Korean art. Another wing houses their collection of Modern and Contemporary art. And the last wing features temporary exhibitions. From historical celadon-glazed ceramics to contemporary masters like Basquiat and Bourgeois, the museum features a comprehensive collection that is sure to engage every visitor. For art-selfie-seekers, Olafur Eliasson and Anish Kapoor both have mirrored works regularly on display.
Finally, Leeum is as centrally located as can be — giving you no excuse not to visit. Especially if this is your first visit to Seoul, it’s a great intro to what we love so much about the art scene here: a curated balance between Eastern and Western art.
Admission is free for the permanent collections. Tickets for temporary exhibitions typically cost ₩10,000-15,000 (about $10).