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“For a Comprehensive View of Korean Culture”

The National Folk Museum of Korea
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$46.00*
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ranked #30 of 740 things to do in Seoul
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Owner description: The history of ordinary Koreans.
Riga, Latvia
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“For a Comprehensive View of Korean Culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

If one wants to learn almost everything about South Korea one need not go any further than the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul. The museum houses close to one hundred thousand artifacts to trace the rich history of the Korean people from pre-historic times through the late 14th Century and ending with the Joseon dynasty period in 1910. The museum comprises three principal exhibition halls housing a majority of the exhibits. Other exhibits are also displayed in an open-air format. The museum itself is located inside the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds. If one follows the exhibits in the museum it is easy to see how Confucius was such an influence on the Korean people. Most present day Korean culture traces its roots to Confucianism. Some of the displays are actual replicas of the original rice storage shelters and grinding mills.

Visited February 2014
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“Gain lots of knowledge of Korean Life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

There are a lot of interesting displays about Korean life and plenty of information available on narrative boards by each item, in English.
Some of the models look disappointingly cheap and tacky, but you need to see past/through this and understand what is going on.
No chance to get bored as each section springs into life and takes you on a different journey.
Combine with a visit to the Gyeongbokgung palace and you will be there for a good morning.

Visited January 2014
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“Opportunity to know n enjoy korean tradition.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

Visited lunar new year event day. We had chances to play traditional games including costume. Its interesting n also eeducational. If you have to select museum in seoul n interestet in tradition, folk museum would be good choice.

Visited January 2014
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“Nice place to go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

I visited the Folk Museum right after visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace. Musuem is free and is interesting if your into history, tradition and ornaments.

Visited February 2014
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Gimpo, South Korea
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“Very Informative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

I've been to this museum about 3 times and each time has been a pleasure. It is well curated and designed in such a way that you are able to learn many things without becoming too overwhelmed or bored. I loved learning about the traditional lifestyle of Koreans. A lot of attention was paid to make the museum visually and aesthetically appealing.

Also, the location can't be beat. You are in the heart of Seoul and within walking distance of other fun things to do like, palaces, picturesque neighborhoods (Hanok Village, Insadong, Angukdong), chic cafes, and restaurants.

Visited February 2013
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