National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Seoul

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National Palace Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea located in Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul.HistoryThe museum first began as the "Korean Imperial Museum", which was established in September 1908 and was originally located in Changgyeonggung Palace. On November of the following year, the museum was opened to the public. However, on April, 1938, the ruling Japanese government renamed the museum to the "Museum of Yi dynasty".In March, 1946, after the liberation of Korea, it was renamed "Deoksugung Museum". In 1991, Cultural Heritage Administration instituted the museum in Seokjojeon (석조전, Stone Hall) of Deoksugung Palace, and in 2005, the museum was relocated to a modern building inside Gyeongbokgung Palace.CollectionNational Palace Museum of Korea houses over 40,000 artifacts and royal treasures, from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire, of which 14 are National Treasures of South Korea. It displays records, state rites, architecture, clothing, royal life, education, culture, paintings and music of the dynasty’s ruling era. It also has among its collection the royal seal of King Gojong of Joseon, which was used for his personal letters to Russian czar and Italian emperor after 1903. It disappeared during Japanese rule and was re-covered from a US-based Korean collector in 2009.
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  • Modern covers, not boring. Kindly explain the history of Korea. In most of the museums in London and the Museum.
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  • This museum shows the 20th century modern history of Korea. I really recommend it to eveyone. This museum is free. It's located near by the subway. You can see 3section(maybe 4?)of modern Korean histo...  more »
  • Climb up to the rooftop Park, Gyeongbokgung (Palace), ch'ongwadae [presidential offices], seems to be this a glance inwangsan. There is also a rest area on the bench you're supposed to.
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  • Lovely museam, make sure to get a photo on the rooftop!! It's stunning!! Ask the staff if you can't find it!! It's a must
  • Found it very informative. Not too big but good to get a sense of the recent Korean history.
  • A nice museum with a wide array of capable docent services; overall very interesting and informative. The information is good, though the total presentation---with it's carefully created eye candy media installations--- clearly has in its crosshairs the education of young Koreans through the memorialization of its primarily 20th century turmoils and success. This is a good option for those looking for the quick primer to the main political issues on the peninsula; its location next to the dated US embassy building drives the points home.
  • This is a fantastic museum for those that are interested in contemporary Korean history (18xx-now). It's free, yup, free. They even have self guided tours available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Those machines are great and it automatically jumps to different sections of the exhibit. Great attraction for all tourists and locals!
  • Great museum, especially if you grew up during the rise of Korea internationally. Exhibits are presented chronologically. They have a nice gift shop.

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