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Seoul Museum of History
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

The three floors museum represent The Joseon dynasty, it is very interesting for the new visitor to Korea. The museum is free and can be combined with a visit to the Palace.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Izaxi
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

If you have time do visit this very interesting museum that showcases the six centuries of Seoul’s storied past.
From its early founding as a strategic capital for the unified Korean kingdom because of the fengshui and laid out in Confucian principles it grew to become a walled city with a central avenue of commercial sites and an expanding palace with administrative buildings. If you are familiar with period Korean dramas you will recognise the sets and interiors.
From a medieval city it had to modernise with the arrival of westerners and rapid change in the late 19th century.
The Japanese colonial government further changed the urban landscape from its crowded houses to more planned streets with amenities.
However the medieval soul was gradually torn away with the demolition of historical sites such as the Temple of Heaven. Note the similarities with Beijing in terms of fengshui and Imperial urban planning.
The much disliked colonial townhall was also built to obstruct the Korean palace.
You will start to see the birth of Korean nationalism as you wander into this exhibition area.
All this was devastated during the Korean War that left Seoul pretty much with only standing stone chimneys.
The rapid urbanisation during the Asian Tiger economy era resulted in a functional city with little thought around urban design and well planned spaces for an exploding population that grew to ten million eventually.
You will end the visit with a birds eye model of the entire city to appreciate the geography and some of the major landmarks and notable districts in Seoul.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank choobengg2017
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

Great place to learn about Korea over the years. Nice historical exhibits and costumes. It was interesting to see the 60s, 70s and 80s also represented. Takes a couple of hours to walk around. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank CarSteHolden
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

It was raining hard that day, so we decided to take a museum tour and visited many museums, this was our favorite, due to limited time we only spend about 45 minutes, the collections was very well display, from yesteryear long ago and far away, next time when we come, probably stay for a good half day.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank hkvisitor1997
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

When traveling to Seoul this is a perfect way to get a foundational overview of the cities history. You only need 90 minutes. It's free.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Shannon F
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