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National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
  • National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)
12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 효자로 12 (세종로)
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
For more info: +82-2-3701-7500
Operating Hours
Wednesday & Saturday 10:00-21:00
* Last admission is 1 hour before closing.
January 1st, Day of Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)
  • Information
    The National Palace Museum of Korea opened in 1992 displaying relics from the Joseon dynasty [1392~1910]. Over 20,000 royal relics from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are on display.

    1. Royal Symbols and Records
    The Joseon dynasty attained Confucian ideals, and therefore, the king and his queen were worshipped as parents of all citizens. To elevate their authority, the Joseon royal households crafted various royal symbols.
    2. Ancestral Rites
    The royal ancestral rite was held at a royal shrine encompassing the ancestral tablets of the late kings and queens of the Joseon dynasty. This was not merely a royal ancestral worshipping ceremony, but also a festival with music and dance, in the hope for the nation's eternal prosperity.
    3. Palace Architecture
    The palace was the living quarters of the king and his family as well as the center of administration where the king ruled the nation. The center of the palace in the Joseon dynasty, according to traditional Oriental architectural planning, was featured at Jeongjeon. The main hall was the center of state events and political discussions, and the Pyeonjeon, the government office.
    4. Joseon Sciences
    The Joseon dynasty strove to establish the legitimacy of its foundation to enrich the nation's economy. To attain these ideals, the dynasty unprecedentedly promoted such areas as the sciences and medicine while developing various weapons for national defence.
    5. Royal Life
    The king and queen were symbolic figures of the Joseon dynasty, but they were also ordinary people who lived private lives within the palace. The palace was divided into various sections of living space such as the king's office, the queen's quarters, and the prince's study room. Each section contained appropriate pieces of furniture, which were made of the finest quality materials according to well-established criteria for the royal family.

    Structure Size
    Building floor area: 18,284㎡ (B1-2F)

    Program Information
    Top court lady royal kitchen experience

    Subsidiary Facilities
    Coffee shop, gift shop, information desk, storage lockers, information kiosks, nursing room, anteroom for emergencies, etc.


    Exhibition Hall Information
    Exhibition Hall 1: Kings of the Joseon dynasty
    Exhibition Hall 2: Joseon Palaces
    Exhibition Hall 3: Royal Court Life
    Exhibition Hall 4: Korean Empire
    Exhibition Hall 5: Astronomy & Science Hall Ⅰ
    [Basement Level 1]
    Exhibition Hall 6: Royal Court Paintings
    Exhibition Hall 7: Jongmyo, the Royal Ancestral Shrine
    Exhibition Hall 8: Royal Court Music
    Exhibition Hall 9: Royal Procession
    Exhibition Hall 10: Astronomy & Science Hall Ⅱ

    Admission / Participation Fees

    Parking Facilities
    Use Gyeongbokgung Palace parking lot. (Inquiry: +82-2-738-7474)

    Parking Fee
    Small size cars (under 16 passengers) 2,000 won / Mid-Large size cars (over 16 passengers) 4,000 won for first 2 hours
     * 500 won for each additional 15 minutes

    Foreign Language Intepretation Services
    English 11:00, 14:30
    Japanese: 10:30, 14:00
    Chinese: 10:00, 15:00

    * Foreign language guided tour service is limited to 2-25 people.
    * Audio device available for rent at information desk on 2F for 1,000 won.
    * This schedule is subject to change.

    Advanced reservation required for groups of 30 students or more.
    Inquiries: +82-2-3701-7500

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