Seoul's best museums - Singapore Forums by
Singapore Forums by
Sitemap Contact Us FAQ Singapore Forums by
Home Photos Member List Register Mark Forums Read  
Go Back Home > Lifestyle > Travel Talk > Korea » Seoul's best museums

Why aren't you a member of yet??

» Join 130,000+ other members in chatting.
» Make lots of new friends here.
» Keep up-to-date with current events.
» Participate in Club outings.
» Download lots of Free Stuff!

Registration just takes 2mins and is absolutely free so join our community today!

I Want to Choose my Own Personal Nickname Now!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 31st October 2011, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
Experienced SGClubber
*StarDust* has much to be proud of*StarDust* has much to be proud of*StarDust* has much to be proud of*StarDust* has much to be proud of*StarDust* has much to be proud of*StarDust* has much to be proud of

*StarDust*'s Avatar
Posts: 67,882
Join Date: Oct 2007
Likes: 408
Liked 349 Times in 307 Posts

Seoul's best museums

Seoul's best museums

These six museums beat out 100 others for the most haunting glimpses into Korea's past

By Tey-Marie Astudillo 27 October, 2011

Drag your child away from virtual weapons for an experience of the real thing.

Planning on hanging out at yet another coffee shop this weekend? Anyone looking for an entertaining and educational afternoon should try a museum hop around Seoul. With more than 100 museums in the city, there's really no excuse for not dropping by.

Here are six museums continually topping the list for best museums in Seoul.

1. National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관)

If nothing else, come for the air-conditioning in the summer.

Historically significant, this museum originally opened in 1945, the same year Korea gained independence from Japan. Since then, its moved to various locations until October 2005, when it was given its final and current setting in Yongsan Family Park.

Housing more than 220,000 pieces of art and relics in total, some 13,000 works are on display at any given time.

The best way to explore this behemoth? Compartmentalizing.

Tackle the museum one floor at a time, beginning at the first floor, which contains an archeological and historical gallery. Here you can browse artifacts dating all the way back to 1392, representing the earliest days of Korean civilization.

The second floor is where you will find calligraphy and paintings, as well as donated works from individual collectors.

On the third floor prepare to find yourself surrounded by beautiful Buddhist sculptures, ceramics and art representing Asian culture.

Whether you visit on a weekday or weekend, be sure to expect a crowd. In 2010, the National Museum of Korea ranked as the ninth most visited museum in the world, according to an article published The Art Newspaper in April 2011.

Each Saturday the museum stages special free activities, such as concerts and films related to the permanent and special exhibits currently on display.

Admission to the museum is free, except for special exhibitions.

Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m.9 p.m. and Sunday f9 p.m. 7 p.m. Closed on Monday.

Yongsan-dong 6-ga 168-6 (Seobinggo-ro 137), Yongsan-gu; +82 2 2077 9000;

2. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (리움)

What a great backdrop for a Halloween party.

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, run by the Samsung Foundation of Culture, is dedicated to preserving and displaying two distinctly different types of art.

MUSEUM 1 houses a collection of traditional Korean art, 36 pieces of which have been designated national treasures. Time-travel back to the 14th century where you will encounter ancient daggers, crowns, earrings and ornaments. Buddhist art, sculptures, paintings and manuscripts are also showcased.

Traditional ceramics are displayed here as well, such as Celadon (a type of glaze and ware specific to the Asian region), Buncheong (a bluish-green traditional type of Korean stoneware) and porcelain.

From landscapes to folk paintings, the art on display in MUSEUM 1 is a diverse gateway into the culture of Koreas past.

MUSEUM 2 features modern and contemporary art from both Korean and foreign artists. These displays of paintings, sculptures, photography and video are in stark contrast to their traditional counterparts, representing todays new mediums and the ever-adapting and ambiguous styles to which contemporary art is growing.

In addition to the permanent displays, there are special exhibitions, which change about every three months. The current featured exhibition is "The Court Painters of Joseon Dynasty, which runs until January 29, 2012.

One of the most interesting aspects about this museum however, lies not in the displays but the museum itself, which was designed by three prestigious European architects.

Mario Botta from Sweden designed MUSEUM 1, Jean Nouvel from France designed MUSEUM 2 and Rem Koolhaas from the Netherlands designed the childrens center, each taking their inspiration from Korean culture.

Admissions to the permanent exhibitions are ₩10,000 for adults and ₩6,000 for children (aged seven to 18) and elderly. Special exhibits are not included in the regular price and cost ₩7,000 for adults and ₩4,000 for children and elderly.

If you want to see both the permanent and special exhibits, you can save money by purchasing a day pass at ₩13,000 for adults and ₩8,000 for children and elderly.

Discounts are offered visitors who reserve online or book in a group of 20 people or more.

Open TuesdaySunday 10:30 a.m.6 p.m. Closed on Monday.

#747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu; +82 2 2014 6900;

3. National Folk Museum of Korea (한국민속박물관)

Haute couture of the Stone Age.

If youre looking to truly immerse yourself in Koreas past, then theres only once place you need to go: The National Folk Museum of Korea.

Located in the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the museum includes a collection of more than 98,000 artifacts and identifies itself as the only national museum devoted to the history of traditional life.

The museum contains three main exhibition halls. The first is the "History of Korean People," which features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to 1910.

The second exhibition hall is titled, "The Korean Way of Life." As you walk through this exhibit, you can actually feel what it was like to be Korean villager in ancient times.

The third exhibition hall is called, "Life Cycle of the Koreans." This hall depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture's customs, many of which have transcended throughout the generations and still influence Korean society today.

The museum also features open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for kimchi pots.

A free English tour runs twice a day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in front of Exhibition Hall I.

Admission to the museum is free. Audio headsets are available to rent for ₩1,000.

Open MarchApril and September-October 9 a.m.6 p.m.; MayAugust 9 a.m.6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. NovemberFebruary from 9 a.m.5 p.m. . Closed on Tuesday and January 1.

Samcheongro 37, Jongno-gu; +82 2 3704 3114;

4. War Memorial of Korea (전쟁기념관)

Throw your guns in the air ...

With a 5,000-year history, Korea has certainly seen its share of wars and thats precisely why the War Memorial of Korea has an extensive array of stories and artifacts.

The museum, which is located on the old site of army headquarters, has two main exhibitions.

The indoor exhibition includes six halls. The first is a Memorial Hall, which pays tribute to all those who have fought in Korean wars and lost their lives.

The next room is the War Room, featuring Korean weapons from as early as the Paleolithic age, armor and helmets used throughout different periods, as well as swords and other Korean weaponry used over the centuries.

Also indoors is a whole exhibit dedicated to just the Korean War of the 1950's. Beginning with North Koreas surprise invasion on the South on June 25, 1950, this hall depicts all aspects of the war, such as the role of the United Nations played and what wartime life was like for Koreans.

Here you get to experience eerily life-like Combat Experience Room, a re-creation of a Korean night battle full of special effects, video, sound, canon smoke and the smell of gunpowder. Just the re-enaction of these battles induces a sense of horror, leaving you with a sense of what actual combat experience must have been like.

Other rooms include the Expeditionary Forces room, a testimony to Koreas overseas dispatches throughout the world, and the ROK Armed Forces room, which shows the history and changes of South Koreas army through weapons uniforms and tactics throughout the years.

In the Defense Industry room you can get an in-depth view of the equipment that currently protects South Korea, from gas masks to aircraft. But if you really want to see some amazing machinery up close and personal, then head to the Outdoor Exhibition.

The Outdoor Exhibition features restored tanks, vehicles, submarines, aircraft and artillery that were used in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. But more than just standing right next to these mega machines, you can actually get inside them

Admission to the museum is free.

Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.6 p.m. Closed on Monday.

8 YongSan-dong 1(il)ga YongSan-Gu; +82 2 709 3139, 3114;

5. National Palace Museum of Korea (국립고궁박물관)

Our clock is bigger than your clock: Joseon Dynasty's Jagyeokru, an alarm clock made with water and bells.

The Joseon Dynasty, which lasted for five centuries, was the last royal dynasty of Korea. It was also the longest ruling Confucian dynasty. Needless to say, this era in Korean history had a profound impact on the countrys traditions and culture.

The National Palace Museum displays records, state rites, architecture, clothing, royal life, education, culture, paintings and music of the dynastys ruling era.

The museum contains more than 40,000 pieces of the royal treasures and artifacts.

Admission is free.

Open weekdays 9 a.m.6 p.m. and weekends and holidays 9 a.m.7 p.m. Closed on Monday.

12, Hyojaro, Jongno-gu; +82 2 3701 7500;

6. Seoul Museum of History (서울역사박물관)

"Here be dragons ... "

The Seoul Museum of History depicts the evolution of Seoul from its prehistoric period to the booming city it is today.

As Seoul was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty, theres a lot of information and artifacts of the dynasty here as well. In fact, Seouls successes today are mostly rooted in the fact that it was the epicenter for the dynasty.

Because of this, Seoul was always more innovative and progressive than its surrounding cities, and that still holds true today.

The museum depicts how Seoul has progressed to the complex city that now stands and also hosts special exhibitions such as the currently running "Panoramic Prague."

Admission is free.

Open TuesdayFriday 9 a.m.9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (NovemberFebruary 9 a.m. 6 p.m.) Closed on Monday and January 1.

2-1 Sinmun-ro 1 ga, Jongro-ku; +82 2 724 0114;


"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth". - 1 John 3:18
*StarDust* is offline  
Add to *StarDust*'s Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 16th December 2011, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
New SGClubber
sjANGELyw is on a distinguished road

Posts: 3
Join Date: Dec 2011
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

Well I think this is gonna be off-topic but as I presume that sometimes, museums could mean 'galleries' as well, I would like to recommend the following galleries:

1. Trick Art Museum. This is a cute one since everything is apparently in 3D. It's awesome. it has several branches (Ilsan, Seoul, etc.).

2. Dialogue in the Dark. Now this is unique. Aside from the fact that you will be guided by visually-impaired guests, you are going to appreciate art in this museum without using your sense of sight! yeah, you could hear, smell, touch and taste the exhibits but never see.

These two places are awesome to visit and I'm pretty sure that you guys will love it here. It's not museums, but it's part of SK's heritage. They're a nation in love with art, after all.


sjANGELyw is offline   Add to sjANGELyw's Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 12th January 2012, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
Addicted SGClubber
starshine is on a distinguished road

starshine's Avatar
Posts: 455
Join Date: Nov 2006
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

I love the Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae! Spent the whole afternoon there taking photos with my friends.

I also went to the Seodaemun Prison Museum. Quite an eyeopener and easy to access since it's near downtown seoul.


For all things lovely and dainty. Visit Blushing Pearls Now!
starshine is offline   Add to starshine's Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 26th March 2012, 03:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
Cool SGClubber
eunice01 is on a distinguished road

Posts: 77
Join Date: Sep 2011
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

Wow I love Korean history and I think visiting to their Museum might help me more to gather much information about Korean history and tradition...^_^

Thanks for sharing the list of best Museum in Seoul...^_^

Learn more about blogs and read blogging discussion, tips and tricks.
eunice01 is offline   Add to eunice01's Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 27th April 2012, 09:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
Cool SGClubber
Melite is on a distinguished road

Posts: 46
Join Date: Apr 2012
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

I would love to see the War Memorial. I would enjoy seeing the change in times in each hall and going through the history of the 1950s.

Melite is offline   Add to Melite's Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2013, 10:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
New SGClubber
yennyLee23 is on a distinguished road

Posts: 6
Join Date: May 2013
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

If you have much time, I suggest you head to Yongin in Gyeonggi. There's the Korean Folk Village. It's a better place to experience real traditional Korean living. Plus lots of Korean dramas are being filmed there.

yennyLee23 is offline   Add to yennyLee23's Reputation Reply With Quote
Old 27th December 2014, 06:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
Experienced SGClubber
ms.siqi is a jewel in the roughms.siqi is a jewel in the rough

ms.siqi's Avatar
Posts: 17,035
Join Date: Jan 2008
Likes: 112
Liked 153 Times in 144 Posts

Re: Seoul's best museums

Perhaps, I should try the Trickeye Museum.

ms.siqi is offline   Add to ms.siqi's Reputation Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
North Korea lashes out at Seoul's "preemptive strike" plan christmas_ International & Singapore News 0 24th January 2010 05:53 PM
Singapore Museums $Smart$ Singapore Tourism 2 17th November 2009 02:03 PM
S'pore museums rated well *StarDust* Singapore Tourism 2 16th September 2009 05:56 PM
Free Entry to 8 Museums for 15 Days eTourSingapore Travel Talk 4 5th August 2008 02:18 PM
Museums Alive! lkarren Outings & Events 2 8th June 2007 01:49 PM

» Sponsors
Watch Free Movies Online
Celebrity Gossip
Food Delivery

» Facebook Fans
» What's Going On?
Title, Username, & Date
By militarily invading Hong Kong, Xi Jingping is setting in motion, the wheels of nuc
Deng XiaoPing original vision for HKG- China reunification was for the two to unite a
HSA warns against three products
Inspirational Songs
Warning : Blacklist buyer/adopter Alert
512GB Transcend 830S M.2 SSD Review
Poisonous PAPers.
The Magnificent Seven, The Unique, The Elite.
Trump says it's up to China to deal with Hong Kong 'riots'.
Salmon from Norway recalled due to bacteria: SFA
Online games sabotaged by Pigs And Pigs.
The mixture covenant practiced by confused Christians
Planet Earth
Tesco Finest Fruit Presse drinks recalled over potential health risk, possibility of...
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
Post anything random on this thread.
Fire at Bukit Batok flat: 1 victim in critical condition, 2 others taken to hospital
Man jailed 2 weeks for hitting elderly man and injuring woman with e-scooter on...
Simple basic video guide tomassaging your cat
Jail for e-scooter rider who struck one pedestrian on footbridge, then hit another as he...
Featured Photos
by marisoljames322
· · ·
Member Galleries
20359 photos
by marisoljames322
· · ·
Member Galleries
20359 photos
by pdsubbu
· · ·
Member Galleries
20359 photos
by Vikas Dhar
· · ·
35 photos
by aaudreygan
· · ·
Guy Photos
1581 photos
by aaudreygan
· · ·
Girl Photos
4352 photos
by a8paris
· · ·
Guy Photos
1581 photos
by a8paris
· · ·
Guy Photos
1581 photos
by aaricia
· · ·
Girl Photos
4352 photos
by aaricia
· · ·
Girl Photos
4352 photos


All times are GMT +8. The time now is 12:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2013 All rights reserved.