The National Folk Museum of Korea

Attraction 37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
3.00 USD

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The National Folk Museum of Korea displays the culture and folk history of the Korean people from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty.

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Why The National Folk Museum of Korea is special ?

The National Folk Museum of Korea displays the culture and folk history of the Korean people from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty. The museum is situated in the precinct of Gyeongbokgung (Palace) which is a typical palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It holds a variety of seasonal exhibitions and events each year alongside a permanent exhibition. Each year more than two million visitors come to visit and explore the roots of the Korean life style.

Established in 1945 as the National Museum of Ethnology, the current museum building was remodeled and reopened as the National Folk Museum of Korea in 1993. Since its establishment the museum has dedicated itself to studying and researching the folk history of Korea, and collecting artifacts from different Korean regions in order to pass on an insight into the lifestyle and culture of Koreans. The museum achieves this by offering visitors various seminars, exhibitions, performance art, concerts and hands-on activities. Thus, visiting the National Museum of Korea is a gateway to a deep understanding of the life and culture of the Koreans people.


What to explore at The National Folk Museum of Korea?

The three main exhibition halls at the museum:

Exhibition Hall 1 : It showcases the folk history and culture of Korean people through displays of everyday objects from pre-historic times to the present. The exhibition is divided into 4 categories chronicling the history of everyday life in Korea; exploring a range of topics such as how humans relate to nature, and enjoy culture, to territorial expansion.

Exhibition Hall 2: It displays agricultural life during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). By looking at a range of traditional objects such as a spinning wheel, tableware, ceremonial and decorative items, visitors can imagine Korea in the past. The exhibition also illustrates traditional village life revolving around the cycle of seasons.

Exhibition Hall 3: The show allows visitors to learn about the key role of upper class men and women in relation to their family and household affairs, as well as showing their functions in society. There are on display many examples of social and cultural ceremonies directly reflecting the common law and state ideology of Koreans

Outdoor exhibition: There are displays in the outdoor exhibition area at the museum that show an exact duplicate of a 1970’s Korean market street, with a café, barber shop, and comic book shop. This gives visitors a vivid image of a city street in 1970’s Korea, and its development.

Arts and crafts classes: The museum allows visitors to have a real experience of Korean cultural life through various educational programs. There are two main courses, craft making classes and traditional performing arts classes which are open to anyone who wants to attend. It gives visitors a chance to gain a better understanding of Korean traditions, and the classes are great fun.

A children’s museum: The museum gives children a great opportunity to attend various hands-on activities related to traditional Korean culture. It appeals to children with various model toys and miniatures, as well as films and videos aimed at making them understand and value the past.

Traditional performing arts are held every weekend in order to introduce aspects of Korean cultural heritage and traditional Korean culture to visitors.


How to get to The National Folk Museum of Korea?

By Subway

· Subway Route No. 3 – Exit No. 1 at Anguk Station: Proceed directly up to the Dongsipjagak after having passed the Anguk-dong Crossroad. Walk along Samcheongdong-gil on the right for about 400m and you will find the front gate of the National Folk Museum of Korea. (Takes approximately 15 minutes on foot)

· Subway Route No. 5 – Exit No. 2 at Gwanghwamum Station: Proceed directly past the US Embassy on the right side of the road along Gwanghwamun Park. Cross the underpass and walk along Samcheongdong-gil on the right for about 400m and you will find the front gate of the National Folk Museum of Korea. (Takes approximately 15 minutes on foot)

By bus

Takes about 15~20 minutes on foot from the bus station around Sejong-ro.

- Blue Bus: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 401, 406, 601, 606, and 704

- Green Bus: 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7025, and 7212

- Yellow Bus (City Tour Bus): 90S Tour and 91S Tour.

Selling points

  • Good place to learn about traditional Korea
  • Cool museum with lost of info about Korea's history
  • Glimpse of Korean Culture and Heritage
  • An Enriching Experience of Korean Folklife
  • Interesting displays

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37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • Foreign language tours, as well as rental audio guides, are available.
  • You should ask permission if you want to take photograph.
  • See the website for details of free music and dance performances on weekend afternoons.
  • Consumption of food indoors and outdoors is not allowed in order for the museum to maintain pleasant viewing environment.
  • The museum is closed on 1st of January
  • Last admission is 1 hour before closing so you should note to visit on time.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • The National Folk Museum of Korea does not have its own parking lot. Please use the Gyeongbokgung facility nearby.
  • From Gwangwhamun, take the street toward Samcheong-dong and the parking lot is on the left side. (Refer to the map for visitors arriving in automobiles)
  • There is a charge for admission to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Anyone who wants to see the palace must purchase a ticket at the Gyeongbokgung Palace ticket office.
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Nice place! They show us what are korean Culture since from their birth until death. And also how the King and Queen lives way back before.. Korea History and their Culture is really interesting.

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I must say traditional culture (food, clothes) is not a huge interest of mine. I have always found that it wasn't really reflective of the Korean society, and Koreans today hardly know more than foreigners about their ancient culture (beyond the actual history of what happened). Yet, I found myself enjoying the museum. The location is a great sales point, as it's tucked right by the side of Gyeongbokgung. The pagoda really stands out from a distance and is visually striking. Outside, there's also a nice exhibit of how Korea evolved through the decades and you can get a glimpse of how fast the country (and its culture) changed. Inside the museum, you'll get all you can expect from a museum presenting traditional artifacts. The museum is truly big, an there's a lot to enjoy. However, it feels a tiny bit dated (lightning, interaction) compared to other museums in Seoul such as the National Museum of Korea, the War Memorial of Korea or the Korean Museum of Contemporary History. Also, be aware that this museum attracts a lot of kids coming in with their parents or school, so it might get a bit noisy.

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