The National Museum of Korea

What better place to learn more about a country’s history and culture from than its national museum? Another plus point: this is one of the many filming locations for Running Man (Episode 48).

The National Museum of Korea is the largest in Korea. The best part about it is that it’s FREE ADMISSION. Yes, you read that right! The permanent exhibition, children’s exhibition & free planned exhibition are all open to the public for free, even foreigners! Occasionally, there may be planned exhibitions that require paid admission, but the rest of the museum is indeed free. The permanent exhibition does not require any admission ticket, but if you will need to head to the information desk if you wish to enter other areas (e.g. children’s exhibition).

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The museum’s interior is spacious, but fortunately, the layout is not so complicated that it is easy for one to get lost in.

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There are many different exhibitions to look at, ranging from different periods of Korean history to other Asian histories as well. It might get a tad boring if you’re not very interested in looking at artefacts, so here’s a suggestion to spice things up: sketch ancient paintings on your phone! 😂

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If you’re interested in finding out more about the permanent exhibitions and ongoing planned exhibitions, check out their website here.

Do take note of the opening hours though – although the National Museum is open daily (except on Seollal and Chuseok), opening hours are painfully short (see below for opening hours).

I would definitely recommend going to the National Museum if you’re looking to spend one afternoon in a more relaxed and comfortable setting, or if you are planning this for a family trip with kids and elderly. And of course, if you’re keen on learning more about a country that has a rich history & culture. Unless you’re planning to go on Wednesday and Saturday, try not to make this place the last stop in your itinerary of the day. Last admission is one hour before closing, and chances are, you may not be able to make it in time.


TICKETING

Free admission: Permanent Exhibition, Children’s Museum, Free Planned Exhibition
* Permanent Exhibition: No admission ticket required
* Children’s Museum: Information desk at the museum entrance
* Ticket purchase is available at the ticket booth in front of Planned Exhibition Hall. Visitors should present their admission ticket to enter paid special exhibitions.
* Last admission is one hour before closing.


OPENING HOURS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Wednesday & Saturday Sunday & Holidays
10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm 10:00 am ~ 9:00 pm 10:00 am ~ 7:00 pm

DIRECTIONS

Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 서빙고로 137 (용산동6가)

[Subway]
Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4 & Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 2.
– The subway station is connected to the museum
via an underpass called Bakmulgwan Nadeul-gil or Moving Museum.

[Bus]
Take Bus 400, 502 or Seoul City Tour Bus and get off at National Museum of Korea.
(More information at seoulcitybus.com)

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