A great way to spend an afternoon in Seoul: a good book and the genius of sculptor Louise Bourgeois at the Leeum Museum. A gentleman relaxes on ‘Eye Benches,’ while 'Maman' stands guard.
It’s in Itaewon that Samsung planted the Leeum Contemporary Art Museum to great furor, though some installations – including Damien Hirsh’s The Dance of Death - seem timid or introductory at best. A visit to the Leeum Museum confirms that Seoul is as dedicated to the contemporary art movements of the future as it is mindful of its rich classical artistic heritage, while a tour of the eclectic shops and boutiques that line the streets of Itaewon provide an ideal starting point for people who hope to experience the city’s vibrant art scene. Nearby Paik Hae Young Gallery (appointment necessary) provides a more succinct glimpse into the contemporary art scene and is a great place to rub elbows with the city’s artistic elite, but the area’s real attraction lay in the litany of cafes, lounges and restaurants that cluster around the iconic Hamilton Hotel, a fine place to relax in its own right, sporting a rooftop pool and full-time party atmosphere.