National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul

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Immerse yourself in the Korean traditions, cultural beliefs, and agricultural lifestyles at National Folk Museum of Korea. The museum showcases over 4,000 relics and historical artifacts which were once used in everyday lives of the nation's ordinary populace. Explore the traditional building, which contains three permanent and two themed exhibitions, in order to learn about Korea's past and more importantly, its people. In addition to content-rich exhibitions, you can also visit the museum's library to gain more insight on particular topics. The site also features a souvenir shop where you can purchase gifts and memorabilia. Use our Seoul tour itinerary planning app to visit National Folk Museum of Korea on your trip to Seoul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Learn more about the history of Korean by visiting this museum. Beautiful architecture outside and informative content inside the museum. Visit early as the museum closes in late afternoon.  more »
  • This is a free museum in the Gyeongbokgung Palace area. Good to take a look. - Locating right side of Gyeongbokgung. Once you are already in the palace, you should pass the gate you can't return...  more »
  • This is a modern museum about how Koreans live their lives in olden times. A lot of history to learn. Very well organized and good display. Entrance is free.  more »
  • We had a great and detailed introduction about life, culture and history of Korea. For a Korean culture lover like me, this is a great way to appease the thirst for knowledge about the country. I really appreciated how the museum have depicted the evolution and values of Korean people. Upon stepping outside the museum itself, one will be able to experience the games that Korean play during the old times. Like arrow throwing and rolling the metal rings. My family and I tried it but we are not that successful in accomplishing it. Nonetheless, it was a really fun experience for all of us. Inside the museum grounds are real-life replicas of Korean traditional houses, stores, printing machines and other structures (fully furnished) for tourists to enjoy.
  • It's very interesting with extensive collections and free entry. It covers the history of Korean people and culture. They have 3 permanent exhibitions and 2 thematic exhibitions, you would spend approximately 3 hours to enjoy all of them.
  • I liked this more than the Palace museum because it gives a glimpse into the life of the average person. Outside the museum is the "Street to the Past" exhibition where full shops have been recreated to show life in the 60s-70s in Korea. It's a whole street complete with a pharmacy, snack shop, coffee shop and auto repair all very era-appropriate. Inside, you can find exhibitions that break down daily life by seasons showing clothing and tools and daily activities. There are some hanoks that you can walk up in after removing your shoes, for a closer look.
  • There a lot of interesting to see about daily life of korean from time to time, but less interactive. A small seasonal exhibition about pig was held when we visit there. There's also a beautiful area of chinese zodiacs near the museum.
  • Amazing. I spent so long here just wandering around, looking at the different places. Well worth the visit.

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