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National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Open Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Fun museum to explore

This museum is very close to the main palace and free to visit. It teaches you about how fast S... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Calvin C
Manchester, New Hampshire
Very informative

I'm a sucker for history museums. This was my last history museum during my trip to Seoul. I'm glad... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Elyse B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-3703-9200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum is very close to the main palace and free to visit. It teaches you about how fast S. Korea improved after the Korean War and you can see several Korean vehicles displayed along with household and electronic goods. Not as fun as the...More

Thank Calvin C
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

This museum is a must do for both Korean and non-Korean people. The turmoil and stress the country has suffered in the last 100 years is sobering to see. Outside influencers and world politics have played a huge part in creating the current divided nation....More

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Reviewed 16 August 2018

We arrived at this museum about an hour before it was closing so had to move through it rather quickly. It was very organized and interesting. I am sure we missed some things due to time constraints, but was glad we had stopped in.

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

Located within close proximity to a number of other Seoul highlights including the Bukchon Hanok village and Gyeongbokgung Palace, the free-entry Korean Contemporary History museum is an outstanding lesson in the country's at-times tragic history, tracing events from the start of the twentieth century as...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Nice to learn about South Korea’s history. Free admission. The rooftop is also for the win. Next time i will try to come during sunset. But since its summer their sunset is around 8PM.

Thank Sadicay
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I'm a sucker for history museums. This was my last history museum during my trip to Seoul. I'm glad I came here last as it was the culmination from the past to present. I have such pride in S. Korea for the fact that they...More

Thank Elyse B
Reviewed 23 April 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the museum. Not only is it free, but it's modern, well maintained, and it covers the political and social history of Korea from the beginning of the nation to the modern place it is. It took use a couple hours...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 16 April 2018

I enjoyed my first visit to this museum about five years ago. Then I knew a little about Korean history and in particular the events leaded to the division of the peninsula, the Korean War, and the emergence of modern Korea. There's still a lot...More

Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 13 March 2018

For those foreigners who have studied Korean history from outside of Korea, you will find this museum to be a fantasy view of Koreans as to how they wish contemporary history might have been. Except, obviously, for the painful parts where Korea was occupied by...More

1  Thank DragonR888
Reviewed 31 January 2018

The museum occupies 3 floors. It is conveniently located almost across from Gwanghwamun Gate.The exhibition covers the recent history, mainly the 20th century. It is well and logically presented, with good lighting and proper signage with enough English. It is easy to navigate. I didn't...More

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul,
Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s
most important historic sites and neighbourhoods.
Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area
is rich with history and culture in its palaces,
shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of
Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt.
Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
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