National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul +82 2-2077-9000

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    National Museum of Korea

    by loja Updated Sep 5, 2013

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    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 ?! :-)

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    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

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    by jinah78 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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 Front view of National Museum of Korea Outdoor Exhibit Area
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    Stay some hours at the National Museum !

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In October of 2005, the National Museum of Korea opened in a new building in Yongsan Family Park in Seoul. The museum contains over 150,000 pieces in its collection with 11,000 on display at one time. It is the largest museum in Asia and the sixth-largest museum in the world in terms of floor space, covering 307,227 square feet.
    Measures to protect the treasures inside the museum included designing a building built to withstand a magnitude 6.0 Richter Scale earthquake.
    The museum is divided into three floors. Archaeological and historical Gallery on the first, Fine Arts Gallery on the second and another Fine Arts Gallery, concentrating also on Buddhist sculpture and craftwork.

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    Study the Gyeongcheonsa Pagoda

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    According to the South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration, the pagoda is one of the finest examples of Korean stone work and is of high artistic value.During the Japanese occupation of Korea, the pagoda was taken to Japan. In 1960, the pagoda was returned. Today, the pagoda stands in one of the main halls of the National Museum of Korea.

    The pagoda is 13 meters high and ten stories tall.Because of the three-tiered foundation, it is wrong, to believe that the pagoda has thirteen stories. Unlike most other Korean pagodas, this one is made from marble. The first three stories of the pagoda share the same shape as the foundation. Each panel of the tiered foundation is carved with Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, flowers, and arabesque patterns. The remaining stories are square in shape and share intricate detailing which tries to create the illusion that the marble pagoda is made from wood. Each remaining story has railings, a hip-and-gabled roof, eaves, and carvings made to suggest that each roof is tiled.
    According to the South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration, the pagoda is one of the finest examples of Korean stone work and is of high artistic value.

    Gyeongcheonsa Pagoda
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    See the Buddhas of Koreas National Museum

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Korean Buddhist sculpture is one of the major areas of Korean art. Buddhism was transmitted to Korea via China in the late fourth century and inspired the production of temple architecture and devotional art. The Buddhist sculpture of Korea is based on prototypes developed in India, Central Asia, and China. From these influences, a distinctive Korean style formed. Korean Buddhas show Korean faces and were made with different techniques. These Korean stylistic developments were greatly influential in the periods of Japanese Buddhist sculpture when Korea transmitted Buddhism to Japan in the sixth century. Some of the finest and most technically accomplished Buddhist sculpture in East Asia were produced in Korea.

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    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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 )

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    National Museum of Korea

    by seoulsnapshots Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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    National Museum of Korea

    by muratkorman Written May 12, 2010

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    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.

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    Visit the New Pagoda Garden

    by AKtravelers Written Apr 28, 2006

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    Outside Seoul's new National Museum is an equally new pagoda garden, just opened in December 2005. However, the pagodas themselves aren't new -- some of them are almost 700 years old. In the spring the garden is quite attractive as the old sculptures compete with the flowers for your eye. The best time to visit the pagoda garden is after a visit to the National Museum, as the garden remains open after the museum is closed.

    The pagoda garden in April
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    Visit the New National Museum -- Just Opened!

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 6, 2006

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    The Korean National Museum in the Yongsan neighborhood of Seoul just opened its doors in December 2005 and is definitely worth a visit. It is a massive architectural wonder, both inside and out, and holds treasures of art and history from all 5000 years of Korean culture. I really enjoyed the exhibits on each of the Three KIngdoms (Baekjae, Shilla and Kugoryo) that existed concurrently around 2000 years ago as well as the exhibit on the invention of the Hangul alphabet. But I only had enough time to visit about half of the museum's vast collection and most of it at relatively high speed. Even so, when I reported on my visit to Koreans I met, they almost all had the same, half-embarrassed reaction:"You have been to my National Museum, but I haven't yet."

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    See historic artefacts

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This historic, ceremonial temple-gong was used to announce the arrival of the emperors or highpriests.It shows two sea-monsters, standing on the back of a turtle.

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    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum re-opened in 2005 in a new building in Yongsan park. It's a treasure trove of Korean art and historical artifacts. One could easily spend a whole day here.

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