This is one of the most extensive museums in Seoul, housing art and archaeological objects from Korean prehistory through to ... More
National Museum of Korea
This is one of the most extensive museums in Seoul, housing art and archaeological objects from Korean prehistory through to the end of the Chosun Dynasty (1910). Throughout the three-floor museum, there are 13,000 artifacts in 6 permanent galleries on display. Audio guides, touch screens, and video rooms all help to bring the ancient world alive here. In addition to regular exhibitions, the museum offers special educational programs such as public lectures, arts and crafts classes, and special tours. There are over 220,000 objects in the collections. In addition there are special exhibition halls, education facilities, a children's museum, a huge outdoor exhibition area, restaurants, cafes, shops, and other amenities.
The National Museum suffers from the two most infuriating aspects of tourism in Korea: massive throngs of Koreans, and the lack of a unifying asthetic to the collection.
There are certainly some fascinating pieces in this museum, but the overall impression is more of a garage sale than a world-class museum.
The pre-history exhibits and the collections of art from Central Asia/SE Asia were particularly impressive.
Some of the other exhibits, particularly the Kore-ana, are sparse and poorly assembled.
One major positive: you can't beat the price! If I remember correctly, admission is free (or nearly free).
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