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“King Sejong Memorial Hall”

King Sejong Memorial Hall
Ranked #145 of 798 things to do in Seoul
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

You can see great statue of the King and King palaces with interesting chimneys..

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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We wandered into this informative exhibition when we came to Gwanghwamun. It was very interesting as we had just been watching The Tree with Deep Roots (about King Sejong). We spent a nice time there. The only thing problem occurred when we were exiting as there was a patch of ice right in front of the exit. My poor husband fell hard and scratched and bruised himself :-( Do be careful if you're going here as the exit is shaded and seems prone to ice...

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Reviewed March 8, 2010

The magnificent Gwanghwamun Square was fully populated during festivities of 2010 Seollal (the Lunar New Year) in Korea's capital. During the daylight, dozens of people played with kites flying, and in the evenings there were various activities, like a music concert, a military parade, skating on the ice-rink for those who like it, and so on. (Some of the ice-skaters even wore the 'hanbok', the traditional Korean suits.)

During one of the Seollal evenings, I moved around the statues of the past royalties at the square and spotted an entrance to the 'underworld' behind one of the statues. It was the exhibition hall called The Story of King Sejong, one of the most appreciated statespersons in the Korean history. The exhibition hall has been recently made (few years ago, or so) in the underground area of the square and now serves as a kind of a small but modern museum, devoted to King Sejong the Great (1397-1450, lunar calendar). The place tells the 'story' of the king, its life and major achievements. (If I understood properly, he invented and introduced the actual Korean alphabet, among the other things he did).

Although it seemed that The Story of King Sejong was mainly intended to educate younger generations of Koreans about their intellectual and related roots, so the majority of the exhibition explanations was in Korean language, there are some translating options for foreigners available.

What I forgot to do while being there, was to write down the name of a friendly lady (in her 40thies or so) who was kind enough to spend some 20-25 minutes of her working time as a museum guide or so, to provide me with more detailed information about King Sejong and his works on the alphabet. She even claimed that I would need just a short time to learn the basics of the Korean grammar.

Besides the permanent exhibition, The Story of King Sejong offered during that Seollal evening an unusual excitement for its visitors: a half-an-hour concert of old Korean music, performed by two young female musicians who played traditional musical instruments.

The entrance to the exhibition is free and I strongly recommend a visit to it by anybody who happens to be on Gwanghwamun Square for whatever reason. You can do the visit after finishing something else because the closing time is 22.30 in the evenings (Mondays closed).

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