National Museum Of Korea

Friday, 26 February 2016

I'm not a big fan of museums, but I think that you should always visit (at least) one when you're in a foreign country. We chose the National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관), which is the largest museum in Korea and 6th largest in the world. In order to protect the artifacts inside the museum, the main building is even made withstand earthquakes of a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale. When we first arrived, I was blown away by the size of the building—it was massive! In fact, I think I was more excited about grounds surrounding the museum than what was displayed inside, such as the Cheongjajeong Pavilion (청자정), Geowul Pond (거울못), and the Open Plaza where you can see views of the Seoul skyline.

As I'm more interested in storytelling aspects of history—especially of the Joseon Dynasty, I couldn't really admire nor appreciate most of the artifacts that were on display. But overall, it was an interesting walk through nonetheless. (I think the museum's architecture and surrounding grounds alone are worth the visit!) There are a lot of artifacts to see inside, so if you're a history buff, I'd suggest allowing at least 2 hours for your visit to the museum.

National Museum Of Korea (국립중앙박물관)
137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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