|The National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관)|
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The National Museum of Korea is located only 1.5km away from Yongsan Station. It is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that silently tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient days to the modern era. The museum, in turn, is close to Yongsan Family Park, a wooded grassland with a pond that serves as a natural habitat for various species of birds, as well as over 80 different kinds of trees. The War Memorial of Korea is located next to Samgakji Station, and 1km from Yongsan Station. It displays a daunting array of collections and wartime relics.
In addition to galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces, the National Museum of Korea is the stage for a number of cultural activities related to relics collection and preservation, research and analysis, social training, academic publications, international cultural exchange programs, concerts, and more. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to participate in a number of educational events and quality cultural programs. For those who prefer to tour at a leisurely pace, the museum grounds have a number of environmentally friendly spaces and rest areas.
* Mobile Services
The National Museum of Korea offers a state-of-the-art digital guide service to provide a more enjoyable tour of the museum. The digital guide service has a bookmark function and a search function that can be used to obtain more detailed information on specific pieces.
1. Digital Guides are available to visitors aged 14 and over who are able to present a valid ID.
2. Rental Fees: PDA - 3,000 won / MP3 - 1,000 won
3. Rental reservations must be made online 1 day prior to visit (maximum 5 rentals allowed per person).
※ Rentals are provided on the day of visit, only after applying for membership.
*Size of Facilities
6 ground floors / 1 underground floor
Approximately 15,000 Pieces Exhibited
- 3rd Floor: Sculpture and Crafts Gallery
(Buddhist Sculpture, Metal Arts, Celadon, Buncheong Ware, White Porcelain)
(Indonesian Art, Central Asian Art, Chinese Art, Nangnang Remains, Relics from Sinan Seabed, Japanese Art)
- 2nd Floor : Calligraphy and Painting Gallery
(Calligraphy, Paintings, Buddhist Paintings, Woodworking),
Donations Gallery (Iuchi Isao Collection, Hachiuma Tadasu Collection, Yoo Chang-jong Collection, Kaneko Kazushige Collection, Choi Young-do & Park Byong-rae Collection, Yu Kang-yul & Park Young-sook Collection, Kim Chong-hak Collection, Lee Hong-kun Collection, Other Collections)
- 1st Floor : Prehistoric and Ancient History Gallery (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Early Iron Age, Proto Three Kingdoms, Goguryeo, Baekje, Gaya, Silla, Unified Silla, Balhae)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery (Hangeul, Prints, Inscriptions, Maps, Documents, Kings and their reign, Socio-Economic Life, Traditional Thought, Foreign Relations)
This is one of the places that was visited by the "first ladies" of the G20 Summit in Seoul in November of 2010. This attraction represents the beauty of Korea.
|Programs Available for Foreigners|
Tours- 10:30am / 2:30pm (Tue-sun)
Japanese Guided Tours- 9:30am (Tue-Fri), 10:30am / 2:30pm (Sat, Sun)
Chinese Guided Tours- 10:30am (Tue-Fri), 10:30am / 2:30pm (Sat, Sun)
|Exhibition Hall Information|
Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery on F1
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are mainly on display. (10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age/ Neolithic Age/ The Bronze Age/ Early Iron Age/ Proto-Three Kingdom Era/ Goguryu Kingdom Era/ Baekje Kingdom Era/ Gaya Kingdom Era/ Unified Silla Kingdom Era/ Balhae Kingdom Era)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery on F1
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges/ Traditional Ideologies/ Society & Eeconomy/ Kings & Nations/ Documents/ Epigraph/ Maps/ Hangeul/ Printing)
Calligraphy and Painting Gallery on F2
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room/ Paintings Room/ Buddhist Paintings Room/ Wood & Lacquer Room)
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room/ Donated Cultural Assets Room/ Kim Jong-Hak Room/ Yu Gang-Yeol Room/ Bak Yeong-Suk Room/ Choi Yeong Do Room/ Bak Byeong Rye Room/ Kaneko Room/ Yu Chang-Jong Room/ Hachiuma Room/ Yi U-Chi Room)
Sculpture and Crafts Gallery on F3
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room/ Metal Crafts Room/ Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain/ Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi/ Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)
Asia Gallery on F3
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea's neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room/ Central Asia Room/ China Room/ Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room/ Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room/ Japan Room)
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Wheelchair ramp, parking spaces, restrooms, free wheelchair rental service, elevator
※ Sign-langauge interpretation service available, video & audio guide rental
(Reservation required +82-2-2077-9085)
|Admission / Participation Fees|
|- Admission is free to the Main Exhibition Hall and the Children's Museum (with the exception of certain special exhibitions.)
- The Rear Pond Ticket Booth, serving group visitors, is located behind the Exhibition Building.
- Visitors to the exhibitions that require tickets must have tickets ready to present at all times
- The National Museum of Korea limits the number of visitors allowed in the museum at one time to ensure a clean and safe environment for all. Signs will be posted frequently regarding the current number of visitors.
- Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
※ Visitors will no longer need to receive a ticket starting from May 4th 2010.
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
vehicles (less than 15 seats)
For the first 2 hours 2,000 won / 500 won for every 30min after / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 10,000 won
*Mid to large-size vehicels (more than 16 seats)
For the first 2 hours 4,000 won / 1,000 won for every 30min after / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 20,000 won
※ If exiting the parking lot within 20 min, no fees will be charged.
※ Excluded from fees are the handicapped, museum members with donation history, museum employees.
※ 50% discount: Event organizers, cars with less than 1,000cc emission, etc,
※ Only nominal rate charged: Museum members, visitors with "Dragon (용)" tickets.
Group Tour Reservation
- Parties of 30 or more must make a reservation in advance to tour the museum.
- Visitors with a reservation will be given priority over those who have not made a reservation. Reservations are recommended.
※ Visitors without reservations will be admitted if and only if spots remain after those with reservations have been admitted. Visitors unable to be granted entrance may still enjoy the outdoor exhibits. Reservations and cancellations for tours must be made a week prior to date of visit.
|Foreign Language Intepretation Services|
|Available (English, Japanese, Chinese, French)
Click museum.go.kr to learn more details.
※ Groups of international tourists (2 to 25 people) are eligible to receive the service.
|Info. Services for Koreans|
|* Guided tour available for all exhibitions or selectively.
Click museum.go.kr to learn more about the service.
※ Reservation: Customer Service Team +82-2-2077-9684, 9685
* Visual/Audio device rentals: Make online reservation.
Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4 & Jungang Line), Exit 2.
The subway is connected to the museum via an underpass called 박물관 나들길 or Moving Museum.
Take Bus 502 or 0018 and get off at National Museum of Korea.
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