Firstly, National Museum of Korea is FREE :-) It i still strange for me as in Europe you will not find any free palaces/museum. This is a 3 floor musem and time to spend: about 2 hours.
Here you can find: pottery, Korean porcelain, celadon, traditional furniture, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures and other. But also there are Chinese , Japanese, Indian and Central Asian culture exhibitions (Japanese I foung very interesting).
Honestly, National Museum of China I liked more than Korean but Korean is also nice. I can't say you should 100% visit it, but if you like museums and have some free time, why not to go ?! :-)
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesdya - 9.00 -18.00
Wednesday - 9.00 - 21.00
Thursday - 9.00 - 18.00
Friday - 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday - 9.00 - 21.00
Sunday - 9.00 - 19.00
The National Museum of Korea is the most representative and most extensive museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. If you want to feel the core of Korean art and history, this is the place you must visit in. Since its establishment in 1945, the museum has been committed to various studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history, and art, continuously developing a variety of exhibitions and education programs.
The current museum site was opened to the public in 2005. The museum displays over 13,000 pieces throughout six permanent exhibition galleries such as Archaeological Gallery, Historical Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery I, Donation Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery II, and Asian Art Gallery. You can see lots of Korean National treasures such as Pensive Bodhisattva(No. 83), Goryeo Ceradon Openwork Burner(No. 95), Ten-Story Pagoda from Gyeongcheonsa Temple(No.86) and Gold Crown from Silla(No.191).
Besides the collection and the outstanding museum building itself, it also has special exhibition halls, education facilities, a children's museum, huge outdoor exhibition areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. Especially the outdoor exhibition areas are worth to stroll around. It is a large and well-gardened space, so you could feel such a pleasant mood here. You can see lots of stoneworks like pagodas and lanterns, and even flowery scenary if you are there from Spring to Summer.
One-hour guided gallery tours in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean are available daily.
The National Museum, which was established in 1945, moved to Mt Namsan in 1956, and to the Seokjojeon Hall on the grounds of Deoksugung Palace in 1955. In 1972, it was officially designated the National Museum of Korea and moved into a newly constructed building on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace. In 1986 it moved to the refurbished capital building. In 2005 latest and grandest new open. National Museum of Korea located in the Yongsan family park is focusing on more than education. It seeks to be an environment-friendly cultural space that is relaxing and entertaining as well as educational by providing a wide variety of facilities and quality cultural program that will attract people with a wide range of interests. In such a way it expects to become a new tourist spot in the city. ( from guide book )
First picture is of a bell outside the National Museum of Korea. Second photo is inside the National Museum of Korea. The National Museum of Korea is a great place to learn about the history of South Korea. A lot of artwork, sculptures and historical artifacts are located at this museum. It only costs 2,000 Won for admission.
National Museum of Korea is the right place to dig deep into the art, culture and history of Korea. On 3 levels, you will find Archeological Gallery, Historical Gallery, Fine Arts Galleries, Asian Arts Gallery and Donation Gallery. The admission is free and the museum is closed on Mondays. You will need about 3 hours minimum to go through the galleries. Outside you will also find exhibition areas containing pagodas, stupas, lanterns and more. Without visiting this museum, you can't establish a good base to your knowledge about Korea.