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National Museum of Korea

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Address: 137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04383, South Korea
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+82 2-2077-9000
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 19:00
Mon - Tue 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 09:00 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its...

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries such as Historical Gallery and Fine Arts Gallery. It also has special exhibition halls, a children's museum, outdoor exhibit areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. *Admission: Free to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum(changeable after 2010)*Hours: Tue/Thu/Fri: 9am-6pm, Wed/Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun/holidays: 9am-7pm, closed Mon & January 1st

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Beautiful and excellently thought out museum for all ages

A fantastic museum set in a really beautiful, huge building on grounds with a lot of green and a big reflecting pool. The museum is free and great for all ages. The first floor... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fantastic museum set in a really beautiful, huge building on grounds with a lot of green and a big reflecting pool. The museum is free and great for all ages. The first floor spans the history of Korea – from around 2000 BCE up to the present day. The upper floors have more concentrated collections, or individual collections of... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great venue and easy to access. There is an app to help you around the museum which you should download before you visit but free wifi at the venue helps. Would return.

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Manhattan Beach, California, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was wonderful that it was directly off the metro stop so it made it easy to find and get to. The building itself is lovely, and the admission is free. I learned a lot about Korean history in this very cool peaceful setting.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this museum on my fourth travel to Korea, and I'm still thinking it's a mistake. For better understanding of Korean culture it must be visited immediately after your arrival. Entrance is free. Very friendly to English speakers. Amazing and huge building with a nice design and breathtaking views from the city.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one huge and well laid out museum. I enjoyed exploring each exhibit and taking pictures of precious items that are important to the people of South Korea. Admission is free to explore this massive museum. There were many students there today on a field trip which made it more exciting to see children learning history. Worth the trip... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is fairly new and huge. Visiting here will help you to understand history and culture of Korea. Make sure to stop by the museum shop at the end, it's the best place to buy pretty souvenirs, that you can't find outside of the museum, good quality and super cute, at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is marble lined with alot of natural light which they utilize in a unique way. The building is huge but the must-see are Baekje Burner, the Treasures from the Tomb of Hwangham. The ten story pagoda carved from marble is absolutely stunning! They do offer guided tours in english every hour (highly recomend).

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scale if the building doesn't reflect the quantity of exhibits inside. Very thinly spread objects in a massive cavern of a place, they could have shown everything in a building a fraction of the size.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The national museum of Korea it's a must if you came to Korea. In just a couple hours the museum shows the history of the country, and also it's a really nice view. The museum has everything translated (wich is nice if you don't speak korean) easy access and a nice area.

Thank chronos93
Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access through metro station via Metro #4. No entrance fee. Good to understand Korean history from pre-historic to 19th century.

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