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          Museum: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

          Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, 10:30 - 18:00
        Closed: every Monday
        Ticket cost: 10,000 won

The name for Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, is the combination of the family name of its founder, 'Lee,' and the abbreviated word for museum, Leeum. The museum logo represents the continuity of time by conjoining the past, present and future. The logo features the alphabetical character for Leeum with a time-line cutting through the character. Inspired by a typographical character borrowed from ancient Roman engravings, the logo has been designed to be both old and new, linked to heritage yet perpetually contemporary. The use of the six colors used in traditional Korean paintings gives the logo a cultural specificity and identity that is uniquely Korean yet accessible to all. Most significantly the logo represents the convergence of time and space. The Museum Identity of Leeum was designed by Ms. Margot Perman at Real Design Associates (RDA) who has developed the brand identities of institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, The Field Musueum in Chicago, and the UNFPA.

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*News - Spouses of G20 leaders enjoy Korean culture at Leeum (2010/11/11)*
While the G20 Summit leaders were having a business dinner at The National Museum of Korea, the spouses enjoyed their evening at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Itaewon-dong, central Seoul, as a part of the two-day culture program specially organized by South Korea's first lady, Kim Yoon-ok.

          Museum: National Folk Museum of Korea

          The National Folk Museum of Korea, 09:00 - 18:00
        Closed: every Tuesday
        Ticket cost: 3,000 won

The National Folk Museum of Korea recreates the lifestyle of ancient Koreans. There are 20,000 pieces in the collection, with a total of 4000 folk relics. In the Center Hall there are traditional culture or folk-related exhibits. The Hall of Korean Lifestyles shows the lifestyles of Koreans from pre-historic times through the Chosun Period (1392~1910). You can compare the cultural characteristics and vestiges by period and also see the development of pottery, agricultural implements and prints. The 2nd Exhibition, called Hall of Koreans at Work, displays tools for farming, hunting, and fishing, along with clothes and houses. It includes handicrafts, accessories, dishes, kimchi and jangdokdae. The 3rd Exhibition is called the Hall of a Korean Life Cycle and presents the life of an ancient Korean from birth to marriage to death. The outside of the museum is more interesting than the inside. The Jejudo Island sculptures, such as DolHaruBang are displayed outside, along with windmills, treadmills and sheds. The National Folk Museum holds a korean Folk Concert every Saturday at the auditorium. The National Folk Museum designates the first Sunday of every month as visit the Museum Day and the admission fee is waived.

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        Museum: National Museum of Korea

           National Museum of Korea, 09:00 - 18:00
        Ticket cost: 2,000 won

This international museum maintains 18 permanent exhibitions displaying its collection of almost 5,000 artifacts and is also equipped with video-viewing rooms and audio and video guide systems. The museum was recently relocated to its new premises in YongSan Family Park, offering expanded capacity to accommodate larger exhibitions in the future. Moreover, the new facility will be a versatile and multipurpose cultural space equipped to take on research and public education in traditional culture and to serve as a platform for international exchange.

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          Drama: Winter Sonata

The name for Leeum, Winter Sonata (a.k.a. Winter Ballad/Winter Love Story, Korean: Gyeoul Yeonga) was the second part of the KBS TV drama series Endless Love. This installment was produced in March 2002 in South Korea. It was broadcast on Japan's NHK and has been a major part of the Korean wave both there and throughout Asia. Filming also took place on the resort island of Namiseom.
It has also been adapted into an anime series which aired in October 2009.

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