Seoul Museum of History, Seoul

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Seoul Museum of History tells the story of the South Korean capital from prehistoric to modern times. Browse through an impressive collection of artifacts, porcelain pieces, historical photographs, imperial clothes, calligraphy, large models of traditional urban settlements, and colorful human-size mannequins. This very informative museum focuses on the Joseon dynasty and its modernization efforts, giving you an appreciation of the city's heritage and future direction. Visit the courtyard to see an old restored tramcar and various stone sculptures. With an interactive education room for children and a shop with a wide range of Seoul memorabilia, the place is suitable for family visits. Use our Seoul trip planner to add Seoul Museum of History and other attractions to your Seoul vacation plans.
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  • The Museum is laid out is interesting to study the history of Seoul, to achieve it can walk from Gwanghamun square.
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  • As a model showing the old GA look interesting. I beg to differ, but a lot of what is now the appearance of Jongno, Insa-dong went look in childhood, and I could feel the nostalgia.
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  • Here you will see how the city has evolved and know more about its history. Well worth a visit and it's free!  more »
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  • They've got this awesome model of the whole city, as well as a huge walkthrough of Korea's timeline for hundreds of years to now... Oh, and it's free :-D
  • Great open airy place... Easy to navigate and so so interesting. Coffee in the quiet garden porch area was great.
  • when i walked passed this place i rushed in but honestly i did not go through it all. but i am going back and for you who are interested in the korean history you should find this place and spend your day to see it.
  • The content and layout of the exhibit lacks interactivity of modern museum but my friend and enjoyed the view and cool breeze outside the museum cafe so much that we decided to visit every weekend.
  • Definitely a place worth an all-day visit. I would consider this museum as one of the best I've ever been to.

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