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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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  • This place is massive and the exhibits are excellent. However, it does take a long time to see everything, so it might be a good idea to take a break or two. There is a coffee shop, as well as many re...  more »
  • I've been familiar with the basic chronological history cleanup looks a lot children's educational dimension seemed to tourists. It seems a lot of overseas student groups private vacation period, La is special because you can always explore slowly, yet again I was visiting the kids or adults who let a great place here. For more history of the history of the helpers descriptions. 10th floor, Tower concourse of the angels, always an aura of good.
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  • I would recommend it to those who like antique or historic drama. I like Japanese. Forget about time. You can see all the history of the Korean peninsula. On their own they can based on balanced free photo and glad. If you tired of the good Korea restaurant. On a rainy day from morning till night day. Night lighting of the building is beautiful. Also next time if there is a place you want to go. Mind settles down.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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