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Address: 1.5 Mi./2 Km. Northeast of Central Kaesong | Songgyungwan complex of buildings, Kaesong, North Korea

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The grounds were peaceful and the exhibits (possibly because of the time period they depicted) had much less of the political rhetoric that becomes overwhelming at times.

Reviewed 28 May 2016
London, United Kingdom
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Shenzhen, China
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Just one hour after visiting DMZ in Kaesong is this landmark. Interesting. Not so many history objects. You will always go here, want it or not...that's what all north korea tours are all about

Thank Neto T
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

The grounds were peaceful and the exhibits (possibly because of the time period they depicted) had much less of the political rhetoric that becomes overwhelming at times.

Thank SaraRichardsLondon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This place is so beautiful you cannot give it a miss! It was the first university in Korea, has a lovely courtyard with ancient trees. You pretty much have the whole place to yourself and can take time to stady Korean history through the different exhibitions. Being able to read Chinese helps to skim through the old books and documents... More 

Thank ffrige
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

According to the guide this is a must for people living in Kaesong to visit especially on their wedding day because of its history. Great in depth of how life used to be back in the koryo dynasty. There is also a place right outside of it where you can do a bit of shopping, red ginseng (insam), postcards, stamps... More 

Thank Jacqueline A
Lake Worth, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Various weaponry, statues and general relics of the area. I believe the tomb of King Kongmin was here or very close by. Nice gift shop for trinkets.

Thank LARPAT55
Hawick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

this is a fairly average museum and had some interesting bits about the history of DPRK, its not the best one in North Korea, the military museum is much better. Its a short trip from the DMZ and is normally incorporated in a trip to the DMZ.

Thank d_taddei
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is a picturesque and informative stop-off point on a tour, and a welcome and one too. However, there are better things to stop off at. Despite that, it does provide some valuable Korean history.

Thank Roger T
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

This museum was the best that I visited in the DPRK. The museum is on the grounds of the former Confucian educational school. there is also a modern university which is to the left of the museum grounds. The museum is in a beautiful setting of ancient trees and well maintained gardens. The original buildings were destroyed in the 16th... More 

1 Thank Andrew M
Hangzhou, China
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

For DPRK standards this is the best museum in the area. From Western standards, it needs improvement. Nonetheless, this is a place where you can actually look at the ancient Koryo and what it used to be like. There were not too many exhibits inside. The guide wasn't overly impressed as there was no place to insert recent propaganda.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

The Koryo museum is part of the UNESCO heritage city Kaesong. It is converted from the historical Songgyungwan Academy were located which dated back to the Koryo Dynasty. Serene and quiet environment.

Thank NSEL

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