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National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Seoul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Museum of Korea and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • As beautiful as it's educational. Everything is written in various languages, so no worries if you can't speak Korean! Make sure you know what you can and can't bring in. I had totally forgotten...  more »
  • It's a beautiful place and a wonderful history presented. unfortunate due to construction a lot not visible. but just the clock they have hanging already worth going. Just get some who can translate.....  more »
  • The National Museum in Korea is a great place to hang out and learn about Korean history and culture. It offers a great escape from the weather and its FREE!!! Your visit can take 2-4 hours...  more »
  • This museum is a really beautiful building and the grounds were scenic but honestly the content was not super interesting. If you are into old bowls, knives, and other small artifacts, this would be a great place to spend a few hours but after the first couple exhibit rooms we had more than had enough. If you have some extra time it's worth taking a quick walk through, especially since it's free, but it was definitely not my cup of tea. My favourite part was the pagoda outside.
  • The museum is HUGE! I recommend going there for a whole day or at least for a half of the day! Bring comfy shoes also because the place is quite big! The entrance is free but if you want to see temporal exhibitions you can buy a ticket. Really interesting to see the history of this country and its people.
  • A great place for taking in historical relics from both Korea and other countries. Very solid space that will take a few hours to visit quickly, and can take much longer to really experience in detail. The only real negative is that it seems very trendy for parents to take kids who are much to young to appreciate the exhibits here on weekends.
  • One of my favorite museums I've been to. It was very big and there was so much to see. We went on a tour but they could only talk about so much. You could spent several days looking through everything. Definitely will revisit some time in the future.
  • Firatly, just the size of the museum was a big wow factor for me. Couldn't think a museum could so fancy, but so big!! Secondly, the way the museum was laid out was very minimalistic, but very well presented. It seemed that every exhibition was carefully planned out, which was very easy to navigate.

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