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Things to Do in South Korea: Lee Joong Seop Art Museum


Things to Do in South Korea: Lee Joong Seop Art Museum

Things to Do in South Korea: Lee Joong Seop Art Museum
Lee Joong Seop Art Museum

Things to Do in South Korea: Want to get inspired by one of the most famous artists in South Korea? Joong Seop Lee’s legacy lives on in Seogwipo on Jeju island. His well known works of art include “Bull” or sometimes translated as “Ox” and “White Bull” or “White Ox.” In celebration of Lee’s 100th birthday anniversary, from June 2, 2016 – October 3, 2016 you can see many of his works at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung in Seoul, South Korea.  However, his gallery, his street, and his house can be conveniently visited as they are all in the same area in Seogwipo (서귀포).


At a Glimpse: Lee Joong Seop Gallery or Lee Jung Seob
Note: His name can be spelt differently. I think “Joong” and “Seop” is a closer pronunciation.
이중섭 미술관

Website: Lee Joong Seop Gallery (Korean only)

Address: 87, Ijungseopgeo-ri, Seogwipo-si, Jeju
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 이중섭거리 87 (서귀동 532-1번지)

Phone #: 064-760-3567

₩1,000: Adults 25-64
₩500: Teens 13-24
₩300: Children 7-12

10-30 minutes depending on how long you look each piece.
It is a small 3 floor building though with the 1st floor occupying some of Lee Jung Seop’s work.

Hours of Operation:
9:00-18:30 (9am-6:30pm)
Ticket booth closes at 5:30pm

Special Hours:
Summer Hours (July – September) : 9:00-20:00 (9am – 8pm) Ticket booth closes at 7:30pm
Closed Mondays, January 1st,
Seollal (Dates vary but during January or February), and Chusok (Dates vary but in September)

Parking: Free

Vicarious Asia Review

Parking: (3/5)
Not that much parking

Restroom Conditions: unknown

Photogenic: (2/5)
Pictures can’t be taken inside but if you go up to the third floor there is a nice view.

If you plan to visit the street, it is good to visit this museum to know more about Lee Jung Seop, a Korean oil painter who studied at Yale in the US, worked in Paris, and also studied painting in Japan. I enjoyed seeing some of his drawings and seeing his old hut style house (free to visit just outside the museum). The first floor houses his sketches and some artwork. The gift shop is also on this floor and I bought a reporter style notebook that features his work on the front. 😀 The second floor has more art, but it is not Lee Jung Seop’s work. For a nice surprise, the 3rd floor was a nice surprise and on a clear day can give you a better view of the city.

Vicarious Asia Rating: (3/5)


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