National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea
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  • Abovetheclouds
    2,158 contributions
    Worth going. Free to enter. Combine with Gyeongbokgung Palace as they are linked.
    This is free to enter.  I am guessing most people will go to Gyeongbokgung Palace.  The museum is linked to the palace from the back.  I would definitely recommend going after visiting the palace.  For a free museum, there is a lot of good information mainly on the lives of Korean people and how this has changed over the years.  If your interested in learning about clothing, work, family life and more then go.  Well laid out and very easy to understand.  Clean.  There is a museum shop and small cafe inside too.  I spent about an hour browsing which was good for an overview.  You could easily spend two hours or so in there.  Medium sized so not too big.  The building appears big but it's very spacious.  I had visited the palace and was feeling a little tired, debating whether to go.  Glad I went.  It's not a history museum, more factual and good for children too. One thing, you cannot go back into the palace after you visit the museum so finish your palace visit first.
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written May 31, 2022
  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,821 contributions
    A mase of Korean history and culture
    I enjoyed touring this combined indoor and outdoor museum of Korean folk culture. Some of the visual displays are extremely awesome. You can sit on a rock or walk into the changing immersive digital display/exhibition and become a part of The Mysterious Village. This is a top 10% decile in Korea, and offers most of the displayed information in Korean and English.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written September 2, 2022
  • Pinky_NYC
    New York City, New York1 contribution
    Great cultural experience!
    We really enjoyed our visit. The space outside of the museum was quite pretty and serene. We went with our 9 year old daughter and only made it through the first floor and spent about an hour. My daughter is not a huge fan of history, so my husband and I enjoyed this museum more than she did but we felt it was a worthwhile experience. The museum is free for the general entrance. there are special exhibits that cost extra but we didn't feel compelled to view it. We'll definitely be back again to check out the other floors and the rest of the park attached to the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Dreamy7174
    Seattle, Washington325 contributions
    A Cultural Experience!
    First time to visit Seoul, Korea. This was the 1st stop of the tour. The place is huge with beautiful structure, signs with their own meanings. The tour guide was able to explain the meaning of every structure why it's facing East, West, etc. Why structure openings pointing this way. You have to be a cultural enthusiast to be be able to understand some if not all of it. For us, just walking around the big compound was already a nice experience. We were able to witness the changing of the guard. It was a good place to visit.
    Visited January 2020
    Written March 10, 2020
  • Janet L
    120 contributions
    Centuries of craftsmanship next to a great palace.
    This museum uses temporary thematic exhibits to enhance its permanent collection. I saw one on the importance of fishing. Another area was under construction. The classic folk art displays were well done. I thought there was a lot of walking. This is a classy place - and free. The entry point is not obvious.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Learntorock
    21 contributions
    Korean History for Free
    Visited due to needing an indoor place as it was raining. When it rains in Korea it really rains! The museum was very interesting, showing the history and culture of Korea. There were interactive games and English translations. They also have a children's museum. The shop had some nice pieces. Only trouble is that there is also a lot to see in the outside area, so I still ended up getting soaked. Easy to get to and free to enter.
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 14, 2022
  • ElisabethCalif
    Castro Valley, California14 contributions
    Definitely visit at the beginning of your stay in Seoul!
    My son and I learned so much about Korean culture by visiting this museum on our first day out. It was a great reference source for things we would be seeing later on our trip. I give this museum a 10/10 for information and quality of displays.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California2,859 contributions
    Yes yes yes
    So cool. Gotta admit the air conditioning helped with escape from heat and humidity. It’s inside the G palace grounds. Three permanent exhibitions 1. fish and fishing Smells like fish, history, culture and social significance 2. A year in Korea Takes you through the four seasons and activities by Koreans 3. Life passages. Growing up-old, yesterday and today in Korea So good. Yes yes yes
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Steven T
    Seattle, Washington1,811 contributions
    Fabulous museum of Korean folk art
    If you visit the Gyeongbukgung Palace be sure to pay a visit to this wonderful museum which is a short walk away. You’ll be able to cover the museum in a couple of hours in a casual stroll. Stop and focus on any particular exhibit that interests you. Most visitors to the Palace also visit the museum so be prepared for the bus tour groups that make their way through the museum group after group. There are wonderful exhibits outside the museum of old Korean homes and store shops. If you have kids the Children’s Museum is literally next door to the folk museum.
    Visited November 2018
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2018
  • Phoenix Fieryn
    Saratoga, California5 contributions
    Very interesting displays
    The displays show the history of the Korean people thoroughly. It is interesting to browse through the many displays however it may get repetitive after a while. For those who don't like walking, this museum may be a bad choice however it doesn't involve too much walking. Warning: there is a show at this museum that many would not appreciate, but it shows how people were entertained in the past. All in all, this museum is worth the time. Free admittance by the way.
    Written August 16, 2014
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Dreamy7174
Seattle, WA325 contributions
Jan 2020
First time to visit Seoul, Korea. This was the 1st stop of the tour. The place is huge with beautiful structure, signs with their own meanings. The tour guide was able to explain the meaning of every structure why it's facing East, West, etc. Why structure openings pointing this way. You have to be a cultural enthusiast to be be able to understand some if not all of it. For us, just walking around the big compound was already a nice experience. We were able to witness the changing of the guard. It was a good place to visit.
Written March 10, 2020
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Janet L
120 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
This museum uses temporary thematic exhibits to enhance its permanent collection. I saw one on the importance of fishing. Another area was under construction. The classic folk art displays were well done. I thought there was a lot of walking. This is a classy place - and free. The entry point is not obvious.
Written May 23, 2023
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Learntorock
21 contributions
Jul 2022
Visited due to needing an indoor place as it was raining. When it rains in Korea it really rains! The museum was very interesting, showing the history and culture of Korea. There were interactive games and English translations. They also have a children's museum. The shop had some nice pieces. Only trouble is that there is also a lot to see in the outside area, so I still ended up getting soaked. Easy to get to and free to enter.
Written July 14, 2022
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ElisabethCalif
Castro Valley, CA14 contributions
May 2023
My son and I learned so much about Korean culture by visiting this museum on our first day out. It was a great reference source for things we would be seeing later on our trip. I give this museum a 10/10 for information and quality of displays.
Written June 18, 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA2,859 contributions
Jul 2023
So cool. Gotta admit the air conditioning helped with escape from heat and humidity. It’s inside the G palace grounds. Three permanent exhibitions
1. fish and fishing Smells like fish, history, culture and social significance
2. A year in Korea Takes you through the four seasons and activities by Koreans
3. Life passages. Growing up-old, yesterday and today in Korea

So good. Yes yes yes
Written August 2, 2023
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Steven T
Seattle, WA1,811 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
If you visit the Gyeongbukgung Palace be sure to pay a visit to this wonderful museum which is a short walk away. You’ll be able to cover the museum in a couple of hours in a casual stroll. Stop and focus on any particular exhibit that interests you. Most visitors to the Palace also visit the museum so be prepared for the bus tour groups that make their way through the museum group after group. There are wonderful exhibits outside the museum of old Korean homes and store shops. If you have kids the Children’s Museum is literally next door to the folk museum.
Written November 14, 2018
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Phoenix Fieryn
Saratoga, CA5 contributions
The displays show the history of the Korean people thoroughly. It is interesting to browse through the many displays however it may get repetitive after a while. For those who don't like walking, this museum may be a bad choice however it doesn't involve too much walking. Warning: there is a show at this museum that many would not appreciate, but it shows how people were entertained in the past. All in all, this museum is worth the time. Free admittance by the way.
Written August 16, 2014
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ces168
Las Pinas, Philippines292 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
The national folk museum of South Korea is located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul. This museum has different parts, history of korean life, their history, their present lives. this is one of the most organize museums i have visited.
Written June 27, 2014
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea8,757 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a free museum in the Gyeongbokgung Palace area. Good to take a look.
- Locating right side of Gyeongbokgung. Once you are already in the palace, you should pass the gate you can't return because this is accessible for free from outside.
- The museum building looks amazing with the traditional tower even though people criticize the combination of old and new is not appropriate. Unfortunately, the stairway to the tower is not permitted to visitors. People can't climb up and watch closely.
- The indoor is well-maintained and not as huge as I expected. But, there is an outdoor area as well. Good to take a look walking.
- National Palace Museum of Korea is also free and locating on the other side of Gyeongbokgung. I think this is more interesting.
Written October 30, 2020
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Pissed Off Reviewer
Voyageurs National Park, MN124 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a fantastic site where they offer information about how people in Korea lived in olden times. It ends up with some kind of festival with people dancing in traditional customes. Great visit
Written October 26, 2019
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