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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  • Several other museums in Seoul tell the story of Korea from neolithic times to "the present" but treat the period from 1945 - 2010 briefly, if at all. This museum focuses on the 20th Century, dividing...  more »
  • Very important when you visit South Korea. Do the museum on the begining of your trip so you know basicly the history of the country in the last 150 years.  more »
  • This is a good place for someone who is wants to gain some basic knowledge of 20th century Korean history. I started with an elevator ride up to the 8th floor to the rooftop garden. This provided a gr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Best museum I have been to! The layout is great with natural flow. There are four exhibits with each one having a different time period. There's the perfect amount in each one - enough information and artifacts, but not that you get bored or want to rush through to the end. The staff are friendly and helpful. I will definitely be back!
  • Interesting Museum giving the visitor a overview about the last 150 years of the history of korea. It's definitely worth a visit if you want to understand the development of the modern korea. Admission was free
  • Really excellent display, I wish the temporary exhibition had more of the Korean translated but still worth the visit. And it is free.

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