We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The National Folk Museum of Korea

The National Folk Museum of Korea
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ranked #30 of 734 things to do in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The history of ordinary Koreans.
austin texas
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

I loved walking around this museum and the free english tour was great. Admission included in palace admission and additional audio tour was less than one dollar.

1 Thank Katherine G
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Write a Review

645 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level Contributor
133 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Good - but leave yourself time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

This museum is HUGE. I came here on a day tour and we were only able to get through 1 exhibit - and that was missing nearly half of the items.

You will need either the audio guide with this or a personal guide, otherwise you will miss the majority of the insight to how each of the many items are important.

A nice addition to this museum is the Children's museum - though most parents are running their children through the main exhibits - this is a good place for them to let off some steam!!

Of the exhibits, I was able to go through only exhibit 3 - but this covered every day life... births, weddings, doctors, acupuncture, transporation, sir names etc. It was really interesting and the artifacts were brilliant.... But again, you are going to need TIME here if you are interested in really getting the most out of this museum.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank court10482
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Seoul, South Korea
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Culture treatease!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Iam a man in love with culture and surely this people did a lot to preserve theirs despite attempts historically to destroy it. so i like the preserved artefacts especially the ancient leters.

Visited August 2012
Thank Cromwell B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A good introduction to the history and culture of Korea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This museum is a must for everyone who wants to get a taste of the history and culture of Korea. It is in the centre of Seoul, a manageable size, with very good explanatory labels in English of the various exhibits. I wish we had more time to explore it more fully, perhaps get the audio-guide.

Visited March 2013
Thank anna123s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
213 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
“Joseon in a Nutshell”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

The National Folk Museum is not the nicest museum in Seoul, which has a lot of great museums, but I think it's the one that would take up the longest time since it's so full of information on the Korean way of life in Joseon times. I was here for almost two hours with an audio guide, and I was rushing through! I know everyone says it's at the Gyeongbokgung compound so you should see both as a matter of convenience, but please just note that it will take a while to go through it if you want to seriously consider each exhibit.

Excellent place for Korea enthusiasts and people who want to kill time. There's a cute garden outside the museum with grandfather stone and old town replicas.

You can enter the museum without paying for access to Gyeongbokgung. Just use the museum's own gate.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Jen L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The National Folk Museum of Korea also viewed


Been to The National Folk Museum of Korea? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing