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National Museum of Korea

137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-026, South Korea
02-2077-9000
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Ranked #8 of 384 Attractions in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 692 Reviews
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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Type: Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase

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frederick, maryland
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386 reviews 386 reviews
77 attraction reviews
431 helpful votes 431 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

This is my fourth time to this museum in several trips. Always something new to discover about Korean culture. The first floor has nice graphics to explain the time periods, three kingdoms, etc. The celadon ceramics rooms are always an important stop. My wife and I enjoyed a visit to the third floor tea room - try the Sipjeondaebotang tea... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

A well laid out museum with very interesting exhibits clearly labeled with all the information you need to understand the exhibits. Lots of water fountains and bathrooms that are easy to find.

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

the worst type of museum with boring exhibits of innumerable pots and scrolls and arrowheads. The worst aspect was it was full of rowdy, rude,badly behaved schoolchildren each logged on to game sites on their phones and bumping into people. This is a huge museum with little to hold one's interest. War memorial is much better

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is one of the largest museums in Korea and I can see why. The exhibits are definitely impressive and quite informative too. The whole setting and the layout of the museum is well thought and the surroundings and the building itself is an artwork in itself. You cannot finish the entire trip in a day as there is so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Good place to learn about Korean history and relax away from the busy shopping districts. Amazing that it is free, especially because one can spend a whole day at the museum. The cafe on the 3rd floor is great, serving tasty traditional korean tea.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

the building in itself is a magnificent work of architecture - utilising all electronic advancements that South Korea has to offer; the curatorial design is admirable, the content less impressive; but then again - if museums are viewed more their presentation than content, this structure delivers!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This grand museum is a must visit to everyone who visits Seoul for the first time. Just by looking at the impressive building you get the feeling you're in for something great inside. It includes thousands of exhibits from Korea's history, neatly laid out in numerous galleries, scattered on two floors. While you can go through everything there is to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

You may take seoul city tour bus drop you right infront of the National Museum the building is unique with lots of information in there.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Our family of three spend a whole day here. The exhibits were interesting and the guided tour was very informative. We got a glimpse into the history of Korean and its people, and got to know them a little better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This museum is arranged very well and each of the exhibits is extremely informational. The main exhibits are also free, as well as some of the children's exhibits. You also won't get any sideways looks for bringing young ones in the main area. There were more than a couple less than well behaved children running around without issue. Special exhibits... More 

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