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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  • Pretty much tells it like it is without going into too much depth. Decent presentation s too, with a reasonable amount of text in English. Cafe attached.  more »
  • The period covered is from 1850 to present day. Admission free, headset with commentary also Free! This was a real eye opener for a non Korean especially for the period 1941 onwards. The South Korean ...  more »
  • The Admission: FREE Admission The Museum: A museum of modern and contemporary Korean history showcase the late 19th century to now and also Seoul Olympics. The Location: Subway Line 5, Gwangwamum Stat...  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.