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    National Folk Museum

    by limledi Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    National Folk Museum

    National Folk Museum is situated beside the Gyeongbukgung Palace. The museum is free & has an internet room for use without charge. There's also a cafe inside. Quite interesting piece of architecture. Worth a visit. There's also performances outside during our afternoon visit.
    Closed Tuesdays
    Opens 9AM-6PM

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    A museum inside a palace

    by muratkorman Written May 12, 2010

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    The National Folk Museum of Korea is located within Gyeonbokgung Palace so you can combine your visit to optimise your time. There are 3 exhibition halls. The first hall is about history of Korean people. The second one is about the Korean way of life and the last one is about life cycle of Koreans. Besides the exhibition halls, you can also visit Children's Museum and open air exhibition. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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    National Folk Museum

    by mallyak Written Aug 5, 2008

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    This National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea. It is situated on the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the folk history of the Korean people.

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    History of Korea in Dioramas and Relics

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The National Folk Museum of Korea is located in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Its 25,088 articles well represent the folklore and the traditional lifestyle of Korea. The museum features not only articles of the common folk but also those of the upper class In addition to actual relics, replicas and paintings show various aspects of traditional life, including many ceremonies and festivals.
    Hours:
    Mar. ~ Apr. - 09:00 ~ 18:00, (enter by 17:00)
    May ~ Aug. - Weekdays 09:00 ~ 18:00, Saturdays/Holidays 09:00 ~ 19:00 (enter by 18:00)
    Sep. ~ Oct. - 09:00 ~ 18:00
    Nov. ~ Feb. - 09:00 ~ 17:00 (enter by 16:00)
    Closed: Every Tuesday, Jan. 1

    Admission:
    Adults (19 to 64 years old): 3,000 won (groups 2,400 won)
    Youths (7 to 18 years old): 1,500 won (groups 1,200 won)

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    The large National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관) on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung is a nicely-done museum showing the daily lives of Koreans throughout history. Inside of the building are displays and dioramas while the outside has authentic pagodas, houses, and farming tools. There are three main exhibits in the museum: Korean Culture and History, Korean Lifestyle and Commodities, and Korean Life Cycle.

    The museum was established in 1945 at Gyeongbokgung by the US military government, moved to Namsan in 1946, then moved back to Gyeongbokgung into Sujeongjeon Hall in 1975. The current facility was built in 1973 (as the National Museum building), but did not house the Folk Museum until 1993.

    Though they claim the building's design is based on traditional Korean Design, the height, shape, and colors all seem unique to me. I never saw anything similar in my 18 months in the country.

    Adult tickets are 3,000 won.

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    National Folk Museum

    by SLLiew Written Oct 25, 2006

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    This is a great place to better understand the rich cultural heritage of Korea.

    There is an outdoor as well as indoor gallery showing the costumes, ceremonial artefacts and masks worn during various festivals and performances of different regions and periods of Korean history.

    Join a tour or explore on your own. It is an eye opener for sure.

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    Culture

    by perseushermes Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    If you are into the history of South Korea (the people, culture, costume) you are at the right place. Here you can see the various cultural changes in society and the current tradisional costumes.

    You will have a blast!
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    Learning more about Korea

    by snuggie Updated Apr 24, 2006
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    The National Folk Museum of Korea was established in 1945 and is located inside Gyeongbok Palace. It is made up of three interconnected buildings which comprise of 3 exhibitions halls namely;
    1) History of the Korean People (from pre-historic times to 1910)
    2) Lifestyle of the Korean People
    3) Lifecycle from Birth to Death

    The 'Lifecycle from Birth to Death' exhibition hall is closed for renovation when i visited in April 2006.

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    National Folk Museum of Korea

    by Blatherwick Updated Mar 7, 2006

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    National Folk Museum of Korea

    The National Folk Museum of Korea shows the traditional culture of Koreans, with a focus on the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Artifacts and displays cover 3 exhibition halls as well as some displayed outside. As this is the only national museum in Korea devoted to the history of traditional life it's an interesting museum to pop into.

    The impressive architecture of the museum is designed in traditional style. The architectural style of the five-story main building is modeled after Palsangjeon Hall of Beopjusa Temple. The three-story building on the east from the main building is modeled after Mireukjeon Hall of Geumsansa Temple and the two-story building on the west of the main building after Gakhwangjeon Hall of Hwaeomsa Temple. Particularly noteworthy is the main building's exquisite stairway in its central facade. The stairway takes the form of the "cloud bridges" leading up to the entrance of Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, being composed of a lower flight, the White Cloud Bridge, and an upper flight, the Blue Cloud Bridge.

    The admission price is 3,000 Won for an adult. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

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    The National Folk Museum of Korea

    by catpause Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    Not a bad spot for a short visit in order to get a basic idea of Korean culture but not that exciting. A few buildings, displays, and activities that are nice to look at but our time here was short. Worth a look if you are in the area. I wouldn't spend a great deal of time searching it out though.

    Only 3,000 won per adults and 1,500 for children.

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    Learn about Korean history

    by amambaw Written Apr 28, 2005

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    The National Folk Museum is located on the grounds of Gyeongbukgung Palace. If you visit the palace, your admission charge will also cover admission to the museum. I don't know if this works the other way around.

    The Folk Museum has some really interesting displays. There are models of old Korean villages including the old Silla capital of Gyongju. There are clothing displays from the three major Korean dynasties. There is a huge area devoted to the Korean diet and includes a large model of Korean women making kimchi. There is also a hall that discusses Confuscionism and the roles of men, women and children in old Korea.

    Outside the museum, there are natural history displays for native Korean plants, as well as great Korean totems from all over the country. There are also traditional Korean buildings used in farming.

    You could spend a few hours in this museum. If it is your first visit to Korea, this museum is a great primer to the building blocks of Korean life. If you have been in Korea for some time, you may find that you've already seen some of the displays in other museums, or other places.

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  • The National Folk Museum of Korea - Part II

    by mke1963 Written Apr 23, 2005

    The inside of the museum is also worth having a look if you are a nerdy modern architecture type, as it is an excellent example of how to use light and space, while managing to keep the whole structure human scale and welcoming. However, the museum does not start in the large entrance hall, but hundreds of metres away, back at the entrance gate (from Gyeongbukgong or off Samcheongdong-gil), where a small garden showing Korean indigenous plants and flowers merges into a Korean indigenous arboretum which in turn merges into a display of Korean 'totem poles' and the easily-missed Traditional Culture Center. This outdoor area extends right round to the back of the museum complex and is an impressive museum in its own right with colllections of buildings, sculptures, operational traditional water-mills, lookout posts, a smithy and a variety of traditional shops. The entrance to the main museum is around to the left of the pagoda structure, with the entrance to the National Children's Museum (for them, not about them) is round to the right. If there was a hotel here, you could stay the whole week!

    There are three exhibition halls, one on "The History of the Korean People" (note hat there are ethnic Koreans living in China and Japan), "Lifestyle of the Korean People", and "The Lifecycle of a Korean from Cradle to Grave". There are two halls for temporary exhibitions and an auditorium where Korean music and drama adds a live element to the visit at regular intervals. A cafe allows time to recover from information overload and museum shops let you take a piece of Korea home with you. Each of the exhibition halls has models, pictures, explanations and a context which makes it easy to understand and appreciate Korea. This is simply one of the best museums in the world. If you like knowing the culture and traditions of a country before trolling around castles and palaces, then this is definitely the place to come to get a real feel for Korea, its history and its people. Make it your first stop from the airport.

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  • The National Folk Museum of Korea - Part I

    by mke1963 Written Apr 23, 2005

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    Yet another well presented, well laid out, well lit and well labelled museum worthy of visiting (are you listening Chinese museum managers?), the National Folk Museum of Korea sits behind the Gyeongbukgong along Samcheongdong-gil. The museum provides an excellent brochure in English, and its absolutely free (I'm not sure why I am bothering telling you all this: if you've read the other tips, you will know that all of Seoul's museums and galleries are excellent, with informative brochures in multiple languages and helpful, courteous, knowledgeable and friendly staff!)
    The National Folk Museum started life as the Museum of Ethnology - actually probably a better name for the collection - in the mid 1940s and moved to its present location in 1993, a modern cavernous byuilding which was designed deliberately to incoroporate different styles of Korean traditional architecture. There are, in fact, seven different elements 'designed into' the museum building. Most visitors tend to see only the one: the five-storey pagoda sitting high up above the museum. And the other six? Ah, now that would be spoiling your fun. Pick up the museum brochure and find out!

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    National Folk Museum

    by imstress Written Feb 25, 2005

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    National Folk Museum

    Located inside Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum comprises three interconnected buildings. The three examples of traditional Korean architecture on the roofs are some of the highest buildings on the palace grounds, and can be easily seen from almost anywhere.Inside the museum are examples of the different periods of Korean history, from pre-history through the Japanese occupation. In addition to actual relics, replicas and paintings show various aspects of traditional life, including many ceremonies and festivals.

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    The National Folk Museum of Korea

    by jckim Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Located on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace,
    the white-marble, blue tile-roofed museum was built in 1972.
    synthesis of various traditional Korean architecture.
    exhibition hall 1 the history of the Korean people.
    exhibition hall 2 the lifestyle of the Korean people
    exhibition hall 3 the lifestyle of the Korean from to death
    and audio-visual room, computer information room and souvenir shops

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