National Palace Museum of Korea, Seoul

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Explore over 500 years of Korean history at National Palace Museum of Korea. Established in 1908, the museum as undergone various changes in name and location over the years, but its focus has remained the same. Harboring over 40,000 artifacts and royal treasures, the museum highlights the Joseon dynasty and the Korean Empire's contribution to the country's art and culture. As well as the displays of scrolls, revealing artworks, and other relics, the museum offers a coffee shop and gift shop. To visit National Palace Museum of Korea on your holiday in Seoul, and find out what else Seoul has to offer, use our Seoul trip itinerary builder site .
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  • Free, very beautiful Museum, located next to the Palace. Interesting to see a bit more of the history of Korea.
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  • We visited gyeonbukgung palace and stopped in the cafe here for a quick coffee. It's cozy & comfy inside but it took ages to make the coffee and it was luke warm when we finally got it. I wouldn't rec...  more »
  • This place is close to the Palace, Gyeongbokgung station, next to the entrance on the other side. The Chosun dynasty's history and artifacts on display.
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  • The exhibits provide a good brief history lesson as well as large amount of items on display. My favourite is the Joegui robe and the Folding Screen which you might have seen elsewhere but had no idea what it represented until you visited the museum. Photography are not allowed in the hall so beware.
  • One of the many palaces that you can visit when in Korea. You can rent hanboks before exploring the place too. For cultural buffs, it's a must and should visit the cafe too for its snacks and tea or buying souvenirs as keepsake.
  • This place is definitely worth and hour or 2. Lots of beautiful exhibits and cold air conditioning. My favorite exhibit was about how the had a department on wrapping in the jeseon era and showed all of the jewelry and books and great seals.
  • Very extensive collections of royal relics and artifacts. The exhibits are well maintained and informative. Easily accessible by Subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station. Free admission.
  • You can find many relics here. This museum is very spacious indeed. Even the official seals for few hundred years can be seen complete with animal characters on it. Most exhibits are very well maintained.

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