The National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul

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37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul +82 2-3704-3114

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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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    The National Folk Museum of Korea

    by iwys Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Housed in a massive, pagoda-style building, in the grounds of Gyeongbokgung, this spectacular museum showcases the history and culture of the Korean people. Exhibits range from costumes to furniture, and there is a really detailed section on how kimchi is made, which is a lot more complicated than you might think!

    Opening hours:
    March-October: 09.00-18.00
    November-February: 09.00-17.00
    Last admission one hour before closing time.

    Adults 3,000 won
    Children 1,500 won
    Under 6 and over 65 free

    Free admission for all on the first Sunday of every month.

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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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    The Korean National Folk Museum

    by kdoc13 Written May 24, 2004

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    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.

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    Missable

    by xaver Written Oct 24, 2014

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    I was not really interested in this museum but it was monday and most museums-palaces in Seoul are closed so, as I was visiting Gyeongbokgung palace nearby, I decided to go (it's free).
    The museum tries to further knowledge of Korean culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting works of art. There are 3 permanent and 2 special exhibition galleries in its main building. Outside there is a range of historical and cultural constructions. There is also a children museum in a separate building that provides various educational activities.

    From March to October 9-18
    From November to February 9-17.
    Closed on Tuesday

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    by imstress Written Feb 25, 2005

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    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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    National Folk Museum

    by limledi Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    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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    National Folk Museum of Korea

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    Excellent museum with loads of traditional items used in daily life, rooms set up as found in homes of a range of lifestyles - with information provided also in English - and interesting exhibits such as the sounds that various musical instruments would give when played.

    You can dress up in traditional costumes and the souvenir shop has an excellent range of things Korean for sale and reasonable if not low priced prices.

    The day I visited was a national holiday so there were lots of Korean families visiting including the palace next door which also shared the grounds that the museum buildings are in.

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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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    National Folk Museum of Korea

    by Blatherwick Updated Mar 7, 2006

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    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 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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    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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    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

    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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    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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