National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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National Museum of Korea serves as the country's premier repository of artwork, historical artifacts, and cultural items. More than 300,000 objects grace the museum's three floors, with highlights ranging from 6t-century incense burners to Bronze Age weapons and modern calligraphy. Join a guided tour, offered in English multiple times per day, to learn more about the museum's origins and its most prized holdings. Alternatively, rent an audio guide to explore at your own pace. When visiting with little ones, head for the children's museum section for an array of cultural and hands-on activities. Don't forget to check the museum's website for information regarding temporary exhibits, lectures, and other special events. Put National Museum of Korea into our Seoul trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • There are a lots of heritage and treasure in the museum. easy to go by subway. it is worth to seeing museum. and in the museum shop there are so many unique souvenirs  more »
  • You'll take the time to slowly thrust it all as jeonsimuldo. Children very seriously each saw more than Saint. Diarrhea take pride in those who look impressed with the activities enthusiastically.
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  • This is a small tour that can be done before going to King's Palace, just before entering the light door, and opening the door 9:00 for free. Compared to the Chinese National Palace Museum is a lot smaller, exhibits on display board will have a line of Chinese introduction, go in a lap probably only used less than 20min. Also has the Chinese explanation, but and the scene Poro explains the time conflict. From this, and then to light the door and the door to see 10:00 of the changing of the ceremony, 10:30 with Palace Chinese explanation, time just.
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  • Great variety of exhibits with world class special exhibitions coming through b all the time. When we visited they had a collection on loan from the Hermitage. The price of admission is incredibly low. My only recommendation is make sure you arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to fully enjoy all the exhibits. I ran out of time when I went. Make sure you enjoy the gardens and ponds surrounding the museums. They're an absolute delight even in winter.
  • Lovely historical museum. I learned about Korean history. This museum has great artifacts & a good shop too. The workers speak English. They were all nice too. Easy access on the subway. In the Club room at The Plaza Hotel in Seoul, the staff helped me with very specific subway directions, which I totally appreciated, since the subways are confusing to me, & they have so many lines. I was also given much help by the Club room staff. I bought my return airport shuttle ticket in the lounge. This hotel stay makes me really appreciate gold elite Marriott status. It give you so much value for the $ you spend. I did not know before this trip. I highly recommend The Plaza Hotel in Seoul, especially if you have Gold Elite status.
  • First floor is an excellent history of Korea until about 1900. The amount of depth was perfect for a history buff only looking to spend a couple hours. I felt like it provided a great context for the rest of my visit. Second and third floors were basically all donated art collections.
  • Beautiful building and fantastic museum. Definitely worth a visit and when it's part of a great Korea trip: start here. It's always good to first get to know the history of the country before you the rest. It's a big museum so it probably cost you a minimum time of around an hour, but this depends on your own pace and interests.
  • Free entrance and HUGE! Given its zero entrance fee and the collections and facilities provided, I must say that this place is impressive. A must-visit when you are in Seoul. Your experience starts even from the subway station (Line 4, Ichon Station) where they play soft traditional Korean music on the background and the walls depicts museum collections. There's a walking conveyor for too, which is an added bonus.

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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