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Seoul Travel - A perfect blend of rich cultural heritage, dynamic present & eternal beauty of nature - Museums & Art Galleries

Museums & Art Galleries

Seoul museums and art galleries hold vast amounts of information on the history and culture of the city. They provide not only a better understanding of the city, but also a place of relaxation from the hustle and bustle of city tours.

National Museum of Korea

Description : The National Museum of Korea is a grand-scale multi-cultural space dedicated to the collection and preservation of Korea's cultural heritage, exhibits and research, education, and international cultural exchange. It features a permanent gallery, special galleries, children’s museum and an outdoor exhibition space that displays Korean history and art, as well as other cultural assets from Asia.

Transportation : Subway Line 4, Ichon Station, Exit #2, walk about 150 meters in the direction of Yongsan Family Park

Tel : 02-2077-9000

Seoul Museum of Art

Description : Seoul Museum of Art near Deoksugung Palace is housed in the old Supreme Court building built in the 1920s. Today, only the facade of the original building remains, and the rest was rebuilt. The exhibition halls on the first three floors of the main building showcase contemporary art from Korea and overseas. In addition, there are lecture rooms, seminar rooms, a library, a museum shop and a cafeteria.

Transportation : Subway Line 1, City Hall Station, Exit #1 or Subway Line 2, City Hall Station, Exit #11 or #12

Tel : 02-2124-8800

National Museum of Contemporary Art

Description : The National Museum of Contemporary Art is the only gallery in Korea to display modern and contemporary art from both Korea and abroad. It has a standard-scale museum and an outdoor sculpture park. Located on the outskirts of Seoul, the museum also offers a great view of the surrounding landscape.

Transportation : Subway Line 4, Seoul Grand Park Station, Exit #4, take a shuttle bus to the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bus schedule: 20-minute intervals)

Tel : 02-2188-6000

Seoul Museum of History

Description : The Seoul Museum of History presents the history of Seoul through different materials from prehistoric to modern times, with a focus on the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910).

Transportation : Subway Line 5, Seodaemun Station, Exit #4 or Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit #7, 15-minute walk

Tel : 02-120 (Seoul Dasan Call Center)

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Description : Leeum is designed by world-renown architects Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel and Rem Coolhaas. Museum 1 houses Korean traditional and antique art, while Museum 2 exhibits modern and contemporary art from all over the world. The outdoor space is used to display sculptures, and to hold different events.

Transportation : Subway Line 6, Hangangjin Station, Exit #1, 10-minute walk

Tel : 02-2014-6901

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Seodaemun Prison History Museum

Description : Built in 1908 during the Japanese colonial rule, Seodaemun Prison testifies to the hardship suffered by the Korean people during the turbulent times in modern history. Such prison facilities as prison cells, execution grounds and torture rooms are preserved and displayed in their original form.

Transportation : Subway Line 3, Dongnimmun Station, Exit #5, 10-minute walk

Tel : 02-360-8590~1

Museum of Korean Embroidery

Description : The Museum of Korean Embroidery displays the museum owner’s collection of embroideries dating back to the 1960s. Visitors will also find cultural artifacts, including about a hundred pieces of bojagi (wrapping cloth), folding screens, Buddhist embroideries accessories and jewelries.

Transportation : Subway Line 7, Hakdong Station, Exit #10, 5-minute walk

Tel : 02-515-5114~7

Pulmuone Kimchi Museum

Description : Pulmuone Kimchi Museum holds answers to questions related ‘kimchi’ that anyone has ever had. Visitors may learn the history, recipes and health benefits of kimchi, sample regional kimchi varieties, and try making their own kimchi.

Transportation : Subway Line 2, Samseong Station, Exit #6, COEX Mall (B2)

Tel : 02-6002-6456

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Date 09/02/2011

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