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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)
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Notices
[Operating hours temporarily adjusted for Pope Francis’ visit]
Admission will not be allowed on August 16, 2014 (Sat) / 09:00-14:00 (6 hrs).
Admission hours will return to normal at 14:00.

Address
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 효자로 12 (세종로)
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3701-7500 (Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
Operating Hours
Weekdays: 9:00-18:00
Weekend & Holidays: 09:00-19:00
* Last admission: 1 hr before closing.
Closed
Mondays
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Introduction
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.
Subsidiary Facilities
Museum Cafe and Museum Shop, information desk, storage lockers, information kiosks, nursing room, anteroom for emergencies, etc.
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair rental (2F, Information Desk)
Admission / Participation Fees
Free admission until further notice.
Pets
Not permitted
Baby Stroller Rentals
Available (Information desk, 2F)
Parking Facilities
Gyeongbokgung east gate paid parking lot
Parking Fee
(S) 2,000 won / (L) 4,000 won for first 2 hours
 * 500 won for each additional 15 minutes
 * Inquiries : +82-2-725-4503
Foreign Language Intepretation Services
English, Chinese, Japanese available
-Guided Tour Time-  
Korean : 11:00, 14:00, 16:00
English : 15:00
Japanese : 13:00
Chinese : 10:00

- Guided tours start at the information desk on the 2nd floor.
- Each tour takes about an hour.
- English and Japanese tours may be canceled due to museum circumstances.
- For group reservations, call: +82-2-3701-7682
- Audio guide Available (rental fee: 1,000 won)
Reservations
Advanced reservations required for groups of 30 students or more.
Inquiries: +82-2-3701-7500
Directions
[Subway]
Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 5. >> 5 min-walk.
Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 1. >> 10min-walk.
Homepage
www.gogung.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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