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National Palace Museum of Korea

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Address: 12 Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, South Korea
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Phone Number: +82 2-3701-7500
09:00 - 19:00
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Spacious and well organised museum

The National Palace Museum of Korea is located next to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is very easy to access via the subway Gyeongbokgung station. Lots of insight into the life of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stumbled upon this museum when visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace--in fact you enter through the gate to the Palace and the museum is on your right--hidden. Free to enter and amazing exhibits. You can't miss the Korean Water clock, which defies description (it is two stories high). The place was deserted on a Saturday. You could spend hours here. A real... More 

Thank chesterchandler
Tampere, Western Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Yeps, one goal at our Seoul trip was to see things that Jang Yeong-sil build and invented (or is told to be invented). Anyway, waterclock replica was awesome but we did not find proper replica for celestial globe. Later found there is replica somewhere south from Seoul but not proper one in any of Seoul museums :) Epic.

Thank Joni G
Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Unless you have a guide, or even if you do, this is a great stop at the beginning of any tour of the palace.

Thank lucycan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

For history, this is the place you must see. Well detailed and preserve. Free entrance, fyi. Near the Gyeobokgung Palace. Station Gyeobokgung.

Thank Cye R
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is a good quality museum and easy to get to using the metro. There are several exhibits, all worth seeing. The museum kept myself and my five year old interested the entire time we were there.

Thank Jake W
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The National Palace Museum of Korea is located next to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is very easy to access via the subway Gyeongbokgung station. Lots of insight into the life of the kings and queens over 3 floors. From cars, paintings, musical instruments,royal seals etc it has artifacts from the palaces over the kingdoms. It is free but closed on... More 

Thank Mengyau
Seoul, Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

While this museum has been around for several years, the current version is a huge improvement over its past. (Actually, all the Korean national museums have been vastly improved over the past decade - and most of them now have free admission!) It is thoroughly modern with well thought out presentation of a very impressive collection of historical and recreated... More 

Thank TomCoyner
Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Easy access, right off the subway. Clean and well lit, fairly clear explanations in English, very friendly staff. Plenty to do for little kids. This is good for older, younger, dates, anybody. Free entry. Pricey gift shop. Awe inspiring air conditioning. Start on B1 and work your way up.

Thank boolbada
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

This little museum covers about 500 years of the Joseon dynasty's lifestyle and their contributions to art and literature. The old scrolls provide an interesting insight into the development of the Korean alphabets. The dynasty was known for its passion for record keeping through resident scribes and hence a lot of scrolls and record books. My host said that even... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

I found this museum to be well organized and easy to follow. The exhibits were not crowded, but were well appointed with care and artistry. I liked the vehicle that the emperor traveled in. It was beautifully restored and displayed. Right next to it was the conveyance where the emperor was carried not he shoulders of bearers in earlier times.... More 

Thank Jeff G

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