If your on only a short visit to Seoul this is a must to see. It is in the Gyeongbokgung palace grounds. Here one finds a great display of objects from through out Korea. There are some fine diaramas set up of ancient and historically placed events. Also there are some life sized dwellings from various periods inside and out side the main building. The display of masks and head whare were my favorite items. A horse hair hat like the one pictured would be appropriate for my European walk later this year!
Just next door to Gyeonbokgung, the Folk Museum is free to get into, and offers some interesting insights into Korean culture through the ages. It's got everything you ever wanted to know about Koreans but were afraid to ask. An English audio guide is available for a small fee (about 3,000 won).
The museum is the place to go to learn about life in Korea from the pre-historic times to the Chosun Dynasty. They have many exhibits featuring works or art, tools, pottery, and even living arangements on display that will appeal to the anthropoligist in you.
The Museum is conveniently located on the same grounds as Gyeongbokgung Palace and are near a lot of other historic sites, so it is easy to make a full day out of the trip.
The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea, located in the
Gyeongbokgung Palace, features
aspects of both the traditional folk culture of
ordinary people and that of the aristocracy,
centering particularly on the Joseon Dynasty
(1392-1910). Devoted to the study, collection,
and preservation of folk artifacts, it is also
a forum for social education on folk culture
through exhibitions and classes, which are
designed to provide a better understanding of
traditional Korean culture.
The National Folk Museum of Korea , the only
national museum in Korea devoted to the history
of traditional life, has a General Service Division that
deals with both general education and the
management of museum buildings, an Exhibition
Division for displaying artifacts, a Folk Research
Division for the study and collection of artifacts,
and a Relic Conservation Division for managing
The buildings of the museum have followed
traditional Korean architectural styles. The five-
-story main building took its inspiration from
Palsangjeon Hall at Beopjusa Temple, while the
three-story building to the east was modeled after
Mireukjeon Hall at Geumsansa Temple, and the two-story
building to the west was modeled after Gakhwangjeon
Hall at Hwaeomsa Temple. Particularly noteworthy
is the middle facade of the main building, which
takes the form of the beautiful 'Cloud Bridge
Stairway' leading up to the entrance of Bulguksa
Temple in Gyeongju, which has a lower flight, the
Bridge of White Clouds, and an upper flight, the
Bridge of Azure Clouds.
Established and operated by the Ministry of Culture
and Tourism, the museum has a collection of 25,088
artifacts. The National Folk Museum of Korea
promises to continue developing as a leading
institute dedicated to traditional Korean folk culture.
Located in Gyeongbok Palace, this museum is housed underneath one of the palace pagodas. It contains exhibits on the traditional lifestyles of the Korean people. A must see museum
A circle of statues depicting the zodiac. You cannot miss this and not take a photo of it. Something to remember.
There are 12 chinese horoscope sculptures somewhere near the entrance of The National Folk Museum,do remember to take a picture with your chinese horoscope there.
Traditional Korean masks are well represented here. They are representitives of all human and some animal characters. Note "that of a lepper" at the top right corner, while that of a monkey below it!
A large museum that depicts Korea in ancient times. It has scaled models of a typical Korean village centuries ago.