National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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National Museum of Korea serves as the country's premier repository of artwork, historical artifacts, and cultural items. More than 300,000 objects grace the museum's three floors, with highlights ranging from 6t-century incense burners to Bronze Age weapons and modern calligraphy. Join a guided tour, offered in English multiple times per day, to learn more about the museum's origins and its most prized holdings. Alternatively, rent an audio guide to explore at your own pace. When visiting with little ones, head for the children's museum section for an array of cultural and hands-on activities. Don't forget to check the museum's website for information regarding temporary exhibits, lectures, and other special events. Put National Museum of Korea into our Seoul trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 6, 2017
    A visit to this museum is worth it just to take in the setting and the unique architecture of the building. While the art collection is probably not as stunning as many would like, and it is mostly re...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    You'll need a couple of days to fully explore all of the items housed here, especially if you're into reading all of the information like I am. This is my favorite museum in Korea.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Limited time special exhibitors, but also true in the permanent exhibition. In particular, permanent exhibition is free. If you go to see the permanent exhibits special exhibits was always used to come watch. Spacious, clean, well decorated, embroidered Korea Museum. Top with true friends, and dating is also good. After seeing the lack of decent restaurants near the tasty to eat while you prepare a meal without time to go but, I think it's nice to send.
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  • May 26, 2017
    Lovely grounds and interior. Small but important and very beautiful collection of Korean art and artifacts on the upper levels. Archaeological/anthropological objects are on the ground floor. The tour/audio-guide is recommended for Anglophones, as the English-language signs in the exhibits were somewhat limited. It was also hard to figure out which of the donated (named) collections to prioritize without guidance. We combined this with a trip to the War Memorial, which is just two subway stops north. It was a long but very interesting day. Wear comfortable shoes, as there's a lot of walking.
  • June 26, 2017
    huge spacious and organize. had the lunch here too which is also good for my liking. spent 2hrs plus just to complete the 1st storey. facilities was awesome. lots of rest area and good way to relax from all the shopping.
  • June 3, 2017
    Beautiful museum that is very well organized. Objects are labeled immaculately in both Korean and English. The place is adjust deserted during days of extended closing times. The museum shop is huge and is stocked with interesting things. Highly recommended to visit. Expect to spend at least 3 to 4 hours.
  • May 29, 2017
    Free museum is best museum. No seriously, a wonderful experience for history buffs and a nice compliment to the palace museum. But the donated works gallery smells like dried pee. I'm not kidding. It honestly smells that way. But as you see, I've still given the museum five stars because of what it gives to the individual. The pee smell was unfortunate. I think it's the wood they used for the flooring.
  • June 10, 2017
    I echo the positive comments of all the other reviewers. The only tip I would like to add is that, if traveling by metro, get off on the Ichon station. It's directly linked to the museum grounds via air conditioned underground passageway.

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