National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea is Korean art and history’s flagship museum. It is the cultural representation of Korea. The national museum was set up in the year 1945, and is dedicated to several research activities and learnings in the area of history, art and archeology.

About National Museum of Korea

The museum boasts of having a total collection of 220,000 pieces and ahs on display some 13,000 pieces. There are 6 permanent Historical Gallery, archaeological Gallery, Donation Gallery, and Asian Art Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery I, and Fine Arts Gallery II, housing a variety of artifacts and relics. In terms of floor area, the National Museum of Korea occupies the sixth slot in the world. The museum is spread on a total area of 1,480,000 sq ft (137,201 square meters).

Around 4500 artifacts kept on display at the archeological gallery. You can come across 9 display rooms at this gallery; they are the Neolithic Room, Paleolithic Room, the Proto Three Kingdoms Room, the Bronze Age & Gojoseon Room, the Baekje Room, the Goguryeo Room, the Silla Room and the Gaya Room. You can find a variety of artifact starting from fragmented hand axes made of stone to comfortable traditional royal decorations. All these exhibited relics reveal the fact that the premature settler has undertook a lengthy journey in expanding their own exclusive civilization.

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When Japan was defeated in the Second World War, Korea regained its independence. Upon liberation in 1945, Korea took over the Joseon Government-General Museum and renamed it the “National Museum” (國立博物館). At that time, the museum’s organization and exhibitions were insignificant compared to what exists today. Nevertheless, the museum played a significant role in restoring the nation’s damaged cultural pride and correcting false historical images of Korea.

The National Museum was severely weakened by the devastation of the Korean War. Kim Chaewon, the director of the museum, asked President Syngman Rhee to provide an appropriate space for the museum to preserve and exhibit its collections. Rhee ordered part of Deoksugung Palace, which had been destroyed during the war, to be repaired and used as the new National Museum, which opened to the public in June 1955.
In 1972, twenty-seven years after its inauguration, the National Museum finally took possession of its own building, which was located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace. Designed and built by the Cultural Heritage Administration, the 14,000 square-meter building was constructed as a replica of a national treasure-level wooden building. The museum was officially renamed “The National Museum of Korea” (國立中央博物館) at this time.

Opening Hours

  • The museum is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 9:00 to 18:00
  • On Wednesdays, Saturdays from 9:00 to 21:00
  • On Sundays and on Holidays from 9:00 to 19:00
  • The museum is closed on every modnay and on Newyear.
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  • National Museum of Korea
  • 135 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-026, South Korea
  • 02-2077-9000

Accommodation near the museum

  • Park Hyatt Seoul, Seoul, South Korea 5.0 of 5
  • 995-14 Daechi 3-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-502, South Korea

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