Attraction 137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-026, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why National Museum of Korea is special ?
The National Palace Museum of Korea houses a magnificent collection of art and objects from the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, representing the majesty and dignity of the 500-year history of the Joseon Dynasty. The Museum seeks to broaden public knowledge of the artistic and cultural legacy of the Joseon Dynasty by being active in research, exhibitions, and educational programs.
The Museum will stand as the place where the people can view the splendid royal treasures and artifacts, and be a leading institution for increasing the cultural wealth of Korea. We invite you to experience the magnificence of Joseon culture at this treasure house of court life.
What to explore at National Museum of Korea?
The grand, marble-lined, modernist building cleverly channels plenty of natural light to show off Korea’s ancient treasures. The gardens on the right of the reflecting pond, with ancient stone pagodas, the original Bosingak bell and Dragon Falls – perhaps the most picturesque spot in Seoul – are worth a visit.
Pick up a ticket from the office in the left-side section, which also houses the Yong Theatre, special exhibitions and the children’s section. Enter the huge atrium foyer and work your way down the right-hand side, passing through the various ruling dynasties, from simple comb-design pots and dolmens to the skilful and imaginative Baekje-era incense holder and the intricate gold work of the Silla dynasty crowns and necklaces. Based in Gyeongju, the Silla dynasty was a Korean renaissance, when artisans decorated just about everything. Cross over to the other side for the straight-laced Joseon era with its stodgy government bureaucracy of reports, official portraits, royal rituals, ID tags, scholarly aristocrats, slaves and peddlers.
If your time and stamina is limited, skip the 2nd floor (donations and paintings) and head to the wonderful ancient ceramics that Korea is famous for (3rd floor). Don’t miss the outstanding 6th-century statue of the Pensive Bodhisattva and the large Buddhas, also on the 3rd floor.
Restaurants, cafés and a teashop provide places to revive and relax. The museum is a 15-minute walk from the subway station. Follow the signs to Exit 2 before exiting through a ticket banner.
How to get to National Museum of Korea?
2 minute walk from Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung St.(Line 3)
10 minute walk from Exit 1 of Gwanghwamun St.(Line 5)
Buses that stop near the museum
- 171, 272, 606, 700, 706, 707, 708, 1020, 1711, 7018, 7022, 7025, 7212, 9073 stop on Jeokseondong
- 109, 171, 272, 606, 708, 1020, 1711, 6011, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7025, 7212 stop on Gyeongbokgung
- Impressive building
- Complete array of artifacts and detailed information
- Huge building, huge collection
- A place to visit for all History and Arts lovers
- Free and Fun to look around
137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-026, South Korea
Tips for you
What I liked about the National Museum of Korea is that it didn't take up my entire day to explore and enjoy. It also has a great food court/restaurant area to have lunch before moving on with your day. When I arrived I checked in with the English speaking guide who told me an English guided tour had just left. Within seconds she got on the radio and asked security where the group was at that moment. I was escorted over and joined the tour. That was great and unexpected and I didn't waste a single minute of time. The guide was also very knowledgeable and was happy to answer questions from the group I was with. The museum has a beautiful collection with a beautiful history. I recommend taking a tour or picking up the audio self guided tour to make sure you don't miss a beat. The day I went also had a lot of school children in attendance which made it fun and very lively.
It's hugeeee! Unestimated how much time can spend there as well as the park and a Hanguel museum nearby too. 3rd floor is interesting especially the Korean Buddhas