Korea: Antonio Gaudi’s Barcelona at the Seoul Arts Center

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 33 comments

Welcome to another milestone week of Travel Photo Thursday. We’re at week 250 (10/15/2015), and still going strong. Thanks to everyone who keeps our weekly virtual world tour going week after week. Finally, have access to my Flickr account again (oh, Yahoo how I hate you!). I still have a few glitches to figure out with the computer, like why the wifi won’t connect. This problem worries me, since I will be traveling with the computer this winter, and must be able to connect to the Internet. Really, it’s a small problem in the scheme of things, and I’m sure I’ll work it out 🙂 This past weekend I spent several hours wandering through the Antonio Gaudi exhibit at the Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Center. This was just what I needed to get me over the top excited for my five days in Barcelona in December. I cannot wait to see Gaudi’s amazing work with my own eyes.

If you missed our visit to the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

Photos were not permitted in the exhibit rooms (although Korean’s were snapping like crazy). As is always the case, there were photo op areas set up.


Antoni Gaudi Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi Barcelona, Seoul Arts Center

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We purchased out tickets in another building. This was the lineup for the audio guide (English available). I would have liked to have zipped around with the guide, but I was with other people. I felt that sticking headphones into my ears would be a bit rude. The lineup wasn’t bad, considering it was a national holiday.


Antoni Gaudi Barcelona, Seoul Arts Center

Antoni Gaudi Barcelona, Seoul Arts Center


Entrance to the exhibit, which began with a very informative film detailing his life and work. Although, it was in Korean, there were some English subtitles. Of course, his famous works popping up in the film made it easy to follow along.


Antonio Gaudi Barcelona, Seoul Arts Center

Antonio Gaudi Barcelona, Seoul Arts Center


Organized into six sections, as a timeline of his life that begins with his biography, the exhibit included blueprints, original sketches, models, and photos of his Barcelona architecture, and samples of his gorgeous furniture designs.  His most famous, the Sagrada Familia, is proudly displayed and includes a 3-D video providing detailed building plans between now and 2026. There is also a series of prints that were dedicated to Gaudi by the well known Catalan artist Joan Miro.


Photo-op in front of the Sagrada Familia. I can’t wait to have my photo taken in front of the real thing in December!


Sagarda Familia Photo Op at the Seoul Arts Center.

Sagarda Familia Photo Op at the Seoul Arts Center.


The dragon that graces the stairs at the entrance to Park Guell. (I initially thought it was a frog!)


Dragon, Park Guell, Seoul Arts Center

Dragon, Park Guell, Seoul Arts Center


Lots of souvenirs available in the gift shop. I love the dragon! I’ll definitely buy a Gaudi souvenir when I’m in Barcelona.


Antonio Gaudi Exhibition, Gift Shop, Seoul Arts Center

Antonio Gaudi Exhibition, Gift Shop, Seoul Arts Center


Antonio Gaudi Exhibition, Gift Shop, Seoul Arts Center

Antonio Gaudi Exhibition, Gift Shop, Seoul Arts Center


Facade, Antonio Gaudi, Seoul Arts Center

Facade, Antonio Gaudi, Seoul Arts Center


I loved the exhibit, and cannot wait to see his stunning architecture in Barcelona. If you’re in Seoul, the exhibit ends November 1, 2015. See location details below.

This is one of the best exhibits I’ve seen in Seoul, since Gauguin in 2013.

Inside the exhibition (a short video clip)

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Antonio Gaudi Barcelona

Antonio Gaudi Barcelona



Travelers Tip:

Exhibit time: 11:00am – 20:00pm (Daily)


Adults (19 – 64 years): 15,000won

College Students: 13,000won

Teens (7 – 18 years): 10,000won

Children (5-6 years): 8,000won

Exhibit homepage: www.antonigaudi.co.kr

Address : 서울 서초구 남부순환로 2406


 Subway line 3 to Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul Arts Center) Station
Walk out of Exit 5 and the Seoul Arts Center is a short 5 -10  minute walk, or you can hop on the green shuttle that will deliver you to the door.


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  1. What an interesting exhibition – distance no barrier, hey?

    • Hi Lydia. I am always fascinated when I do to a museum exhibit, and always wonder about the logistics involved in getting everything to the location, and set up. This one I could say was relatively easy. The models were not that large. I say Rodin here in Seoul and few years ago, and his sculptures are huge!

  2. You are in for a treat indeed Nancie. The inside of Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) is mind-blowing and a complete contrast to the outside which is mind blowing in a different way. Gaudi’s determination was extreme and the story of his death very touching. You’ve been to Barcelona before haven’t you Nancie?

    • Hi Jan. I can hardly wait to see the Sagrada Familia. I have been to Barcelona, but don’t remember all that much. I was 20 years old! 🙂

  3. Sadly I had never heard of Antonio Gaudi until today. Thank you Nancy. Wow what a body of amazing architecture and artwork. Mind blowing. Spain has moved even further up my list with this one post. Thank you Nancy for bring Gaudi into our homes and attention today. Amazing.

    • Hi Jill. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. You will love Spain. It’s been 40 years since I was in Barcelona, so I can’t wait. Getting to learn about Gaudi’s work has made this trip all the more exciting for me.

  4. I’ve always though Gaudy had a twisted mind and that must be why he and his work continue to grow on me. I like it more and more. Sorry I missed everyone last week – we were traveling on Thursday and then my good intentions of playing catchup were dashed by a mouse that ate the computer cord leading to the roof. Sigh. Computers: miracles and madness!

    • Hi Jackie! Those pesky mice! Glad to have you back, and I have been seeing your photos on FB. It looks like the ‘stone house on the hill’ is agreeing with you.

  5. Nancie, You are going to love Barcelona, one of my favorite cities! Have fun!

    • Hi Corinne. Thanks! I am counting the days.

  6. Nancie, you are going to LOVE Barcelona! It’s a great town with a great “vibe”. Good food, good weather, friendly people, fascinating history. And Gaudi! The Sagrada Familia is fascinating, and definitely leave time to wander the Parque Guell!

    • Hi Rachel. I cannot wait! I’m sure that 5 days won’t be enough. Actually, I will be flying out of Barcelona as well, so I might spend a few more days at the end of my trip.

  7. Gaudi’s work is amazing – I’ll never forget the first time I saw some photos from Barcelona that showed it. And that’s all I’ve ever seen – photos! The real thing will be amazing 😀

    • Hi! Yes, I can’t wait to experience the real Gaudi!

  8. What was in the exhibit? Photos of his works or were there some specific Gaudi art that was flown in to Seoul? I haven’t been to Barcelona myself, I was in Madrid a couple of years ago and seeing the photos of Barcelona now makes me mentally kick my arse for not including Barcelona in our itinerary previously. :p

    And I’m curious, what happened to your laptop? I mean I remember you had it for repair but not sure what really happened to it. Virus? Dropped it? :p

    • I was having problems with my laptop, and then I spilled water on it, so that really sealed its fate. Working great now, but a few minor glitches that I have to work out. The Gaudi exhibit included sketches, and photos of his work/life, and models of his buildings. It also included furniture that he designed, which was beautiful.

  9. Oh,how exciting to see Gaudi’s works in person! My husband was in Barcelona for work several years ago (I have never been) and he didn’t have a clue as to what to see there so he didn’t go see any of Gaudi’s work. He would much rather go to the football stadium for a game! 🙂

    • Hi Jill! A lot of men have different perspectives when they travel. 🙂

  10. Oh Barcelona! Always a good idea; one of my favourite places in the world, if you haven’t already been you’re in for a huge treat. If you have, than you know that already! I live about 6 hours’ drive from Barça and try and go as often as possible; I’m even accompanying my son’s class trip there next June! And on another note, well done on reaching 250 weeks of linking up! This must be the longest running linky out there.

    • Hi Phoebe! I was to Barcelona once, back in the 1970s. I don’t remember much, so I am excited to visiting again. If I lived within a 6 hour drive, I know I would be there as often as possible, too. Yes, this link-up has been around for a while! 🙂

  11. Sounds like you have a great December ahead – and how nice of the museum to plan an exhibit to get you ready for it! Lots of sympathy for your computer and flickr issues. . . they sound very familiar!

    • Hi Cindy. Finally have Flickr sorted out. Yahoo is not fun to deal with. Losing a password is a big issue with them. I’m looking forward to a great winter of travel. 🙂

      • Oh, I know what you mean about Yahoo. It was almost enough to make me quit using flickr. Enjoy those winter travels!

  12. The mosaic dragon is gorgeous – so colourful. It must have been a thrill to see some of Gaudi’s work. Glad your computer glitches are almost ironed out.

    • Hi Kathy. Yes, it was wonderful seeing this exhibit. Now, to see work in person!

  13. What a great exhibit! We haven’t been to Barcelona but would love to see Gaudi’s work and especially Sagrada. Lucky you! It’ll be fun to virtually follow you. I’ve always thought that was a lizard and not even thought of a dragon.

    • Hi Mary. I’d say it looks closer to a lizard than a dragon. I’m not sure why I ever thought frog! 🙂

  14. I love Gaudi and have seen some of his work on a short trip to Barcelona. How fabulous to have an exhibition in Seoul too. I wish I’d done as you suggested and bought something of his from a gift shop to hang on the wall 😉 I think I probably only sent postcards 😉

    • Hi Jo. I’ll probably bring back something. The Seoul gift shop had some lovely stained glass plates, and a few other things that I liked.

  15. How exciting to have a Gaudi exhibition come all the way from Barcelona to Seoul! 🙂

    • Hi Lyndall. I know, and I always feel so fortunate when I get to see an exhibit of a famous artist, here.

  16. This looks like a great little appetizer of an art exhibit to whet your appetite for a full-blown trip to Barcelona. How exciting! It’s been a few decades since I was there myself, and Gaudi is front and center in my memories of that city. Sagrada Familia must have progressed so much since I last visited. We weren’t even allowed inside at that point. The finishing date seemed so far away when I first visited, but now it seems practically within reach. I’d love to see it when it’s done (and maybe during the later building stages as well). Good luck with figuring out your Wifi.

    • Hi Michele. I remember so little from my 1970s visit that the city is going to seem like a brand new destination for me. The Sagrada Familia looks beyond amazing!


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