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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  • October 3, 2017
    Centrally located, easily accessible. Museum is well organized with expressions and directing signs in English. Worth visiting to have information on Korean history.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 198 admission free once I heard explore place. Looking at the ancient artifacts of the historical content history can be studied in vivo in thinking like a place like this. Heh cool and in the permanent exhibition of the history of Korea under Japanese rule was the emotion machine dock rim exercise related to the exhibition contents through the liberation of the 8.15 flowchart could tell once again thanks to those ancestors was an imam. Sang-Sung temple city 2 has overcome the disastrous war 6.25 silsanggwa will look great and then have my exhibits, the third exhibition hall in Korea in the growth process it involves economic development, agricultural society in this exhibition. I was able to see at a glance all the flow exhibits are also unfamiliar things had looked upon to fit MPAA circulation of our history, it was a good time to see the flow.
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  • September 10, 2017
    Located in front of the gate of gyeongbok Palace (East side) is immediately to the left of the American Embassy. Article on the history of the Republic of Korea, in particular South Korea independence was displayed more. Things to see panels, such as much about the history of the modern feel. The Oval Office exhibit seemed popular for to Korea. 8th floor rooftop deck and views the whole of gyeongbok Palace, is recommended.
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  • March 28, 2017
    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!
  • March 31, 2017
    Great museum, especially if you grew up during the rise of Korea internationally. Exhibits are presented chronologically. They have a nice gift shop.
  • December 2, 2016
    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!
  • January 26, 2017
    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
  • February 28, 2017
    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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