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Seoul Museum of Art (Seosomun Main Building)

04515  61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  

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The Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) opened in 1988 and has earned a reputation as one of Korea’s leading art venues with a series of world-famous exhibitions. Situated in the center of Seoul, its convenient location and outstanding collections attract large numbers of locals and tourists. The specially-designed building features large windows that fill the interior with natural light. This attracts not only tourists but also artists and even movie directors, some of whom have used the location for filming.

Since it was established in 1988, the main museum building has been relocated to Seosomun-dong in Seoul. The museum has a variety of annexes such as SeMA Gyeonghuigung, located on the historic site of Gyeonghuigung Palace, and the Nam Seoul Annex Building which is situated in a building that was once the Belgian Embassy. The museum also runs the Naji Art Studio which offers workshops and financial support to new generations of Korean artists to nurture their creativity.

The beautiful Renaissance façade which forms the entrance to the museum was originally part of the Supreme Court, built in 1928. Today it is better known as the iconic image of the Seoul Museum of Art. In March 2006, the arch and the beautifully constructed museum building were designated as Cultural Property No. 237 in recognition of their great historical and architectural value. 

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Address
04515  61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
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City Hall Station (subway lines 1, 2) exit 10
Seodaemun Station (subway line 5) exit 6

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 137 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Seoul Museum of Art

  • Great place for global art
    This isn't a museum for overseas travelers visiting Korea for the first time--that would be the National Museum of Korea. But for people living in Korea, this is a great place to keep on your radar...
    Rating:5 OdessaJones2019-07-01
  • Visit, if you just gotta get culture
    Very disappointed in the Seoul Museum of Art -- but perhaps that was because so much of the space was usurped by a David Hockney exhibit. From the limited permanent exhibits we saw, this would not be...
    Rating:3 Linda K2019-06-27
  • Well-managed cultural space in center of Seoul
    C ( 19.05.08 ) I visited this art museum while work my business in near area. The art museum was well-managed, and had good garden. The outdoor area was displayed some sculpture in the garden, and...
    Rating:4 CanisHan2019-05-08
  • For exhibition on David Hockney
    Although I have been to Seoul a few times, and had passed by this museum before, this is my first time visiting it, for an exhibition on David Hockney's works (from Tate's Collection), said to be the...
    Rating:5 ayAroundTheWorld2019-04-18
  • High quality photo exhibitions
    This is my first time visiting this small museum of photography which is opposite the Olympic Park. This time, the exhibition is 'Nature as A Playground', which features selected works of some Korean...
    Rating:4 ayAroundTheWorld2018-07-01
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