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“Small but nicely set-up”

National Palace Museum of Korea
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Small museum focused on Korean history since about 1500s but there's a broad selection of artifacts that are thoughtfully displayed. English signage is rare but apparently there are rare tours in English available.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We went on the English Tour at the National Palace Museum of Korea. A good guide makes a great difference in not only explaining the exhibits, but communicating the history and subtleties of what occured throughout the dynasty periods. The exhibits covered categories of palace items including transportation, musical instruments, royal chairs, screens, etc. Our guide communicated with a love of the history of her country that made the exhibits come alive.

The museum is relatively small, which allows for a slow pace of examining the items as there is no fear of not finishing in a reasonable period of time.

There is also an excellent cafe located on the mid level, as well as easy access to the Gyeobokdung subway station underneath the museum.

This museum appears to not be on a regular tourist suggestion list, but was more enjoyable that being in the midst of large crowds trying to "see".

Note: most exhibits did not have extended information in English. It is strongly suggested to arrange your schedule so that you are there for an "English" tour. Ours was at 11:00, another at 2:30.

This museum shares the same ticket with the Gyeongbokgung Palace. We returned the next day instead, and found that it had free admission on the Saturday that we were there.

2  Thank BobbiCornelius_NC
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

All the artifacts had write ups in korean, which was really a pity as we came from abroad wanting to learn more about the culture and history. Only had wrie ups in english at the entrance of the exhibits and as labels to the artifacts.

Thank platebowl
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Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

We whent there when we visit the palace -they share same ticket and once you are incide the palace just go to left. There was an exhibition for the last princess of Korea - really sad story, but shown in really good way with pictures, photos, dicumentary movies and so on.
Also the museum souveniers shop is good and not expensive and you can find some really good things.

Thank Vladimir K
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

During a business trip to South Korea I had the chance to do some sight seeing i Seoul.
It covers mostly the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and their 27 kings.
Most impressiv was the water clock and also the level of science in the early years.
I would say that you need at least three hours to go through the museum.

Thank lundin72
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