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National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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History Museum Museum
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. Use our Seoul tourist route planner to add National Museum of Korea and other attractions to your Seoul vacation plans.
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  • Very boring. Nothing interesting. Just artifacts that describes nothing. War Museum was way more interesting and you learn way more from that museum.  more »
  • Admission free. Also English tour free. The tour was very informative and covered all the highlights. The guide helped us choose other areas to see on our own. The museum itself was world class, beaut...  more »
  • This a huge museum, separated into two annexes so that two different exhibits can be curated at the same time. There is also a 'Children Museum' i guess for the young ones. And there are a few gardens...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful and so immensely well put museum with collections and artifacts depicting Korean history and customs.. Plan on spending a long time in this place...great outdoor exhibits as well. Is one of the highlights of our Korean trip...they have permanent exhibits and temporary ones as well...we enjoyed the tombs exhibits and the ceramics as well...Lots of educational works...