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National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
+82 2-3703-9200
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A very informative visit to know the Korean museum

The visit to the museum was very informative as the museum focuses on the exciting history of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Whiterose232
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Free museum

This free museum is very close to the palace and if you go to the top floor, there's a great roof... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Jarko2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visit to the museum was very informative as the museum focuses on the exciting history of modern and contemporary history of Korea. It has a massive repository of valuable historic objects. Must visit if you're in Seoul.

Thank Whiterose232
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This free museum is very close to the palace and if you go to the top floor, there's a great roof garden that overlooks the palace and the surrounding hills for great photos and views. The exhibits tell the story of post war Korea, right...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Centrally located, easily accessible. Museum is well organized with expressions and directing signs in English. Worth visiting to have information on Korean history.

Thank OzanKarahan
Reviewed 19 August 2017

I have immigrated from South Korea to the United States, therefore it was a great experience for me to review the 20th-century modern history of Korea. The admission to the museum is free and you can see a pretty good view of the surrounding area...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Several other museums in Seoul tell the story of Korea from neolithic times to "the present" but treat the period from 1945 - 2010 briefly, if at all. This museum focuses on the 20th Century, dividing it in several periods. There is a lot on...More

1  Thank JOIFL
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Very important when you visit South Korea. Do the museum on the begining of your trip so you know basicly the history of the country in the last 150 years.

Thank menachemle
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

This is a good place for someone who is wants to gain some basic knowledge of 20th century Korean history. I started with an elevator ride up to the 8th floor to the rooftop garden. This provided a great view of the Gyeongbokgung Palace from...More

Thank WaynemegSC
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is the kind of museum that Seoul had been lacking. Its focus is contemporary history with plenty of visuals. It is nicely divided into 4 sections. It is not heavy on dates and names and there are plenty of pictures and objects. It is...More

Thank Seoultrader
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

This is a good visual museum with exhibits mostly by decade. It provides a nice overview of how far South Korea has come in the last 60+ years. Did I mention it's free admission. Worth an hour or two of your time.

Thank Soonjin P
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Pretty much tells it like it is without going into too much depth. Decent presentation s too, with a reasonable amount of text in English. Cafe attached.

Thank kuepper
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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
...More
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