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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. Use our Seoul tourist route planner to add National Museum of Korea and other attractions to your Seoul vacation plans.
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  • I went to this museum during a city tour. The grounds are beautiful. You will see some interesting things...the girls in their ceremonial Korean gowns are very happy to let you snap their picture. As ...  more »
  • Visit a couple of times, but in the meantime Korea was not accidentally think was too-good-to-be visited. This is a place free of children do. I think we need to take the price of admission. I would go again.
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  • I spent the better part of a day at the museum. I learned so much about Korean pre-history and history. The exhibits were comprehensive and offered just the right amount of information. I was surprise...  more »
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  • Some of the best things are indeed free, like this museum. Three story building showcasing the main exhibition of history and culture of the Korean people from pre historic to modern times. My favorite includes a 2 story long painting made by seven monks on the second floor. Weekdays are full with school children. The building itself is pretty impressive, with a little lake and park in the surrounding. Fron here you can see the N Tower.
  • This place is comprehensive and the main museum is free. Even if you aren't a museum person the park and gardens surrounding the area are a huge draw. We learning a great deal about Korean history and didn't even get to visit an entire floor due to it being so large. There are exhibitions you can pay to see too, if you have time or interest. This museum is a perfect war to spend a day in Korea.
  • This place is thorough and you need to be sure to plan enough time to see everything. My wife and I started at level 3 and worked our way down. We were done for when we arrived on floor 1. It has incredible exibits and it is certainly worthwhile to visit this place.
  • Wonderful museum. Excellently curated. The grounds are quite spacious and have some nice relaxing spots for taking a break.
  • An amazing museum with both Korean and English placards. Some English translations are a bit inaccurate, but for the most part this museum is very comprehensive. You won't be able to see everything in one day, so plan to come back a few more times! It also has a nice gift shop with traditional souvenirs as well as books (also in both Korean and English).