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The National Museum of Korea 국립중앙박물관

  • +82-2-2077-9000
  • www.museum.go.kr
137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

The National Museum of Korea is located about 1.5 km away from Yongsan Station. It is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era.

The museum is also close to Yongsan Family Park, a grassy wooded park with a pond that serves as a natural habitat for various species of birds, as well as over 80 different kinds of trees. The War Memorial of Korea, also nearby, is located next to Samgakji Station, and 1 km from Yongsan Station. It displays a vast collection of wartime relics.

In addition to galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces, the National Museum of Korea is the stage for a number of cultural activities related to collection, preservation, research and analysis, social training, academic publications, intercultural exchange programs, concerts, and more.

Visitors of all ages get the opportunity to participate in a number of educational events and quality cultural programs. For those who prefer to tour at a leisurely pace, the museum grounds have a number of environmentally friendly spaces and rest areas.

 


* Mobile Services
The National Museum of Korea offers a state-of-the-art digital guide service to provide a more enjoyable tour of the museum. The digital guide service has a bookmark function and a search function that can be used to obtain more detailed information on specific pieces.
1. Digital Guides are available to visitors aged 14 and over who are able to present a valid ID.
2. Rental Fees: PDA - 3,000 won / MP3 - 1,000 won
3. Rental reservations must be made online 1 day prior to visit (maximum 5 rentals allowed per person).
※ Rentals are provided on the day of visit, only after applying for membership.

* Size of Facilities
6 ground floors / 1 underground floor

* Galleries
Approximately 15,000 Pieces
- 3rd Floor: Sculpture and Crafts Gallery
(Buddhist Sculpture, Metal Arts, Celadon, Buncheong Ware, White Porcelain)
Asia Gallery
(Indonesian Art, Central Asian Art, Chinese Art, Nangnang Remains, Relics from Sinan Seabed, Japanese Art)
- 2nd Floor : Calligraphy and Painting Gallery
(Calligraphy, Paintings, Buddhist Paintings, Woodworking),
Donations Gallery (Iuchi Isao Collection, Hachiuma Tadasu Collection, Yoo Chang-jong Collection, Kaneko Kazushige Collection, Choi Young-do & Park Byong-rae Collection, Yu Kang-yul & Park Young-sook Collection, Kim Chong-hak Collection, Lee Hong-kun Collection, Other Collections)
- 1st Floor : Prehistoric and Ancient History Gallery (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Early Iron Age, Proto Three Kingdoms, Goguryeo, Baekje, Gaya, Silla, Unified Silla, Balhae)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery (Hangeul, Prints, Inscriptions, Maps, Documents, Kings and their reign, Socio-Economic Life, Traditional Thought, Foreign Relations)

※ This is one of the places that was visited by the "first ladies" of the G20 Summit in Seoul in November of 2010.

Utilization information

・Information : • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2077-9000

・Parking Facilities : 757 parking stalls

- Level 2: 523 parking spaces with 31 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 26 for compact cars
- Level 1: 134 parking spaces for employees with 10 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 7 for compact cars
-B1: 100 parking spaces for employees with 2 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 5 for compact cars
- Outdoor: 78 parking spaces for large vehicles

* The National Museum of Korea encourages the use of buses and trains due to limited parking spaces.

・Parking Fees : *Compact vehicles (less than 15 seats)
 For the first 2 hours: 2,000 won / 500 won for every additional 30 min / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 10,000 won
*Mid to large vehicles (more than 16 seats)
 For the first 2 hours: 4,000 won / 1,000 won for every additional 30 min / daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 20,000 won

※ If exiting the parking lot within 20 min, no fees will be charged.
※ Excluded from fees are people with disabilities, museum members with donation history, and museum employees.
※ 50% discount: Event organizers, cars with less than 1,000 cc emission, etc,
※ Only nominal rate charged: Museum members, visitors with "Dragon (용)" tickets.

・Closed : New Year's Day, Every Monday
(When Monday is a holiday, closing on the following day)

・Admission Fees : Free admission: Permanant Exhibition, Children's Museum, Free Planned Exhibition
* Permanant Exhibition: No admission ticket required
* Children's Museum: Information desk at the museum entrance
* Ticket purchase is available at the ticket booth in front of Planned Exhibition Hall. Visitors should present their admission ticket to enter paid special exhibitions.
* Last admission is one hour before closing.

・Operating Hours : Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 - 18:00
Wed, Sat: 9:00-21:00
Sun, Holidays: 9:00 - 19:00
* Ticket Booth : Open until 1 hour prior to museum closing hour

Programs Available for Foreigners

English Guided Tours- 10:00/14:00 (Tue-sun) Japanese Guided Tours - 9:30 (Tue-Fri), 10:30 am / 14:30 (Sat, Sun)
Chinese Guided Tours - 10:30 (Tue-Fri), 10:30 am / 14:30 (Sat, Sun)

Reservations

Groups of 30 or more students (elementary-high school) should make a reservation online one day before visiting.

Foreign Language Intepretation Services

Available (English, Japanese, Chinese, French)
* Groups of international tourists (2 to 25 people) are eligible to receive this service.
Click museum.go.kr for more information.

Reservation for Foreigners

* Guided tour is available for permanent exhibitions.
- Guided Tours(Reservation not required)
English Guided Tours - 9:30am / 10:30am / 14:30pm (Tue-Fri) - 10:30am / 14:30pm (Sat, Sun)
Japanese Guided Tours - 9:30 am (Tue-Fri), 10:30 am / 2:30 pm (Sat, Sun)
Chinese Guided Tours - 10:30 am (Tue-Fri), 10:30 am / 2:30 pm (Sat, Sun)

- Guided Tours(Reservation required)
* Reservation: Customer Service Team +82-2-2077-9684~5
* Visual/Audio device rentals: Make online reservation or available onsite.
Click museum.go.kr to learn more about the service.

Info. Services for Koreans

Korean Guided Tours

Reservation : +82-2-2077-9684, 9685 (Korean)
Online Reservation (Korean only)

Access

[Subway]
Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4 & Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 2.
-The subway is connected to the museum
  via an underpass called 박물관 나들길 or Moving Museum.

[Bus]
Take Bus 400, 502 or Seoul City Tour Bus and get off at National Museum of Korea.
(More information at seoulcitybus.com)

137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Traffic information

  • Subway Line K Ichon (이촌)- 559.1m
  • Subway Line 4 Ichon (이촌)- 559.1m

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