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Art Lover’s Guide to Seoul

Art Lover’s Guide to Seoul

Seoul is a city where ancient artistic techniques and modern design collide—a heady mix of old and new to captivate any art lover. See below for our pick of the Korean capital’s best museums, galleries, and art-filled enclaves to visit. 

Seoul Museum of Art—Korea’s Best Modern Art

The Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) features three floors of modern art spread throughout six exhibition halls. The museum is on the grounds of Deoksugung Palace, so you can see the collection on a guided tour. 

Seoul Arts Center—The Arts, Live on Stage

Fans of the performing arts will want to catch a show at the Seoul Arts Center, home of the Korean National Ballet, National Opera, Symphony Orchestra, and National Contemporary Dance Company. The complex also has exhibits on art, architecture, and graphic design.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza—Fashion and Architecture

This futuristic complex, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is a hub of fashion and design. Besides hosting the biannual Seoul Fashion Week, Dongdaemun Design Plaza holds rotating art exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see. Visit it on a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour of Seoul. 

63 Sky Art Gallery—Art with a View

Combine excellent art with stellar views during a visit to the 63 Sky Art Gallery on the 60th floor of the glass 63 City skyscraper. The rotating exhibitions feature a range of artists and mediums. Book your admission ahead of time to skip the queues at the ticket office.

Ihwa Mural Village—Vibrant Street Art

Some of South Korea’s best street art adorns the walls of Ihwa Mural Village on Mt. Naksan. Dozens of artists created a series of murals throughout the hilly neighborhood, which has sprouted several excellent cafés and boutiques since the project launched in 2006.

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art—Samsung Foundation Collection

This museum on the hills of Namsan comprises three buildings—each an architectural masterpiece in its own right—filled with Korean and Western art. The collection often features on museum and contemporary-art tours of the city.

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Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

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The royal palaces dotted around Seoul are widely considered among the South Korean capital’s most important sites of interest. With this hop-on hop-off  bus ticket, save time and effort reaching palaces including Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun, and enjoy the freedom to jump on and off the service at your leisure. With buses every 25 to 30 minutes and on-board audio guide bringing Seoul’s history to life, you can visit all the grand palaces in one day in comfort.
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Royal Palace and North Side of Seoul with Gwangjang Market

Royal Palace and North Side of Seoul with Gwangjang Market

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This comprehensive tour covers Seoul’s main historical attractions, starting with Gyeongbokgung Palace, and brings you all the way up to the its futuristic street art scene in Ihwha Mural Village.  Along the way, your guide will give you historical information on all of the points of interest and offer local recommendations on what to see, eat, and do. Drop-off will be at Gwangjang Market
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Seoul Museum Tour; Leeum Samsung Museum&National Museum

Seoul Museum Tour; Leeum Samsung Museum&National Museum

Visit three of the South Korean capital’s most impressive museums in one day on this 4-hour walking tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by air-conditioned minivan as a guide sheds light on the city’s diverse museums and galleries. During your tour, visit the National Museum of Korea — the country’s flagship museum — the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and the Seoul Museum of History. Delve into South Korea’s colorful Joseon-era history, admire historic and modern artworks from across the peninsula, and see a side to the country many visitors miss.
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