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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  • A most stunning building with a great collection of artifacts. Free admission, and easily accessible via subway (Icheon stop). Well worth a couple hours to see all the floors.  more »
  • Too much of a good Museum, which is free and comfortable to ... Every time I go because a lot of people watching their student groups except that it's too nice and easy, but to a lot of people who thought it'd be stoked on the one hand, I've heard. ㅎ ㅎ
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  • Very interesting place if you want to learn more about Korean culture, historu and art. Everything is divided into different time decades so you can easier understand the historical periods and herita...  more »
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  • Beautiful building and very other-wordly architecture as you enter. It's a wonder that the museum has free entrance, with access to troves of historical artifacts like traditional celadon pottery and scribe/scholar bookshelves. A great place to delve into Korean history. The grounds are beautiful too. A quick stroll brings you to a community garden area and the Hangul Museum.
  • Free exhibition that let you know about history of Korea. It is quite awesome place. You can reach this place by Metro line 4 "i-chon" station, exit 2. Only takes 5 ~ 7 minutes by walk from the station. The museum has cafeteria and restaurants for your rest. It opens from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and to 7 pm on weekend. (Extended open hours until 9 pm on Wednesday and Saturday only)
  • Great exhibitions and views of the surroundings. Also it’s free entry to the major exhibitions where I highly recommend the first floor to learn about the history of the Korean Peninsula from ancient times to the 20th century. They’ve also got a decent food court. My only gripe is that it’s a little inaccessible by public transport.
  • 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.
  • This is one of the biggest museums in the world, so it can be overwhelming. Ask the assistant at the entrance about highlights of their permanent​ collections. The entrance is free, only the exebitions from other countries sell tickets. There is a food court on the 1st floor next to the museum shop (Korean and Chinese dishes for budget prices). At the very end of the 1st floor , there's a fine restaurant with waiters and Italian dishes (besides Korean food). We had a very nice server who made extra efforts to accommodate my diabetic needs. I did not catch his name but thanked him and his manager for such great service (remember, they don't take tips!). You may get to the museum by metro or by the hop on- hop off bus.

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