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National Museum of Korea

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Address: 137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-026, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-2077-9000
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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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I love it! It was really impressed me. Where we can learn a lot on Korea historical and how korean mindset from historical knowledge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

I love it! It was really impressed me. Where we can learn a lot on Korea historical and how korean mindset from historical knowledge.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

What I liked about the National Museum of Korea is that it didn't take up my entire day to explore and enjoy. It also has a great food court/restaurant area to have lunch before moving on with your day. When I arrived I checked in with the English speaking guide who told me an English guided tour had just left.... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I had already visited the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, so I had already seen quite some celadon and Buddhist artefacts. But this museum is quite a different story. A huge collection of ancient Korean (and other Asian) objects, in impressive good conditions. The museum is free, so it's a must-see. Just don't try to see everything in one day,... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Huge and beautiful. This has to be the most impressive museum I have ever seen. A must see. You will know why I boast when you get there.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Definitely worth a visit when you are in Seoul. Huge museum, learned a lot, and best of all it is free to enter!

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Fukuoka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It is quite big, with a lot of things to see and it is for FREE. I think it is worth a visit. They offer some guided tour, so better check the schedule in advance. It seems the guide are volunteers. I joined one tour and I had the impression that my guide had no deep knowledge, but I might... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is like any big city museum - has lots of "stuff" but if you sign up for a guided tour (we signed up for the English speaking tour) you will have a much better experience. The museum store also had some nice souvenirs if you are unable to make it to Insadong.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

As other reviewers have mentioned, the museum is large in scope and covers a wide swath of Korean history. I spent half a day here, but definitely did not have the time to look at everything in depth. One could easily spend the entire day browsing artifacts from ancient to modern Korean history. As someone who admittedly was not as... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A lot of artifacts and history of Korea to look at! I loved the Buddhist statues and paintings the most! There was just so much information to absorb. I recommend if you really want to absorb it all take two days to visit to be able to really look and read all the information that is given to you

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The museum is oversize, a huge repository of Korean culture and history dating back to prehistoric times. It's almost impossible to take so much. The audio tour is very poorly done and not helpful however, the displays are very well done.

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