Seoul Museum is noted for its extraordinary collection of Korean modern art, including Bull, an oil painting masterpiece created by Lee Jung-seob. In addition, the museum compound houses Seokpajeong, a 19th-century hanok (traditional Korean house). Seokpajeong was a summer villa of the powerful politician Heungseon Daewongun, father of King Gojong of the late Joseon Dynasty.
Across the street from the museum is a famous café district where a group of small yet pretty teahouses sit along the hiking trails leading to Mt. Inwangsan.
Its in-house souvenir shop sells a wide range of memorabilia items based on its art collection.
Seokpajeong is famous for its beautiful landscape, which makes good use of the mountain’s bizarre rock formations, streams, and handsome pine trees.
T. 02-395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
(201 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul |서울시 종로구 부암동 201)
From the Gyeongbokgung area in central Seoul, take bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.