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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).