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National Palace Museum of Korea

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Address: 12 Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, South Korea
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Nice museum palace

The museum is located in and not far away from the city. The building is nice and many palace's stuffs here

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Asep H
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here after arriving to visit the Palace on a Tuesday (when it was shut):). So we decided to go into the museum (which is free). We took advantage of the headphone facility in English for a small price and spent the afternoon here. So much to see and read about. So glad in the end that we did... More 

Thank coopsar230
Greater London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is better and more interesting than the National Museum of Korea. It has lots of detailed information about the life in Korean cities and court before the modern times. The layout is well thought out and easy to follow. Lots of interesting information at the side of exhibits and in audioguide. Also many exhibits have excellent videos to... More 

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is located in and not far away from the city. The building is nice and many palace's stuffs here

2 Thank Asep H
Burbank, California
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830 reviews
328 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Admission: FREE admission The Museum: Very informative and educational. Great display of historic items. This museum is right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Location: Subway Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5

1 Thank travelercass
Manila, Philippines
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A visit to this museum will give one a brief overview of Korean Palace life. This a good place to visit before going around the palace grounds so one will have a feel of the substance of the palace and other structures.

Thank Ceevee
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy palaces, history and architecture, this is a place for you! The exhibits explain how the palaces were built, the architecture styles, techniques and ideas. Also displays with palace life, etiquettes and practices. Quite interesting. I enjoyed looking at the displays but alas, the descriptions were mostly in Korean. There is some English explanation but mainly summary or... More 

Thank mingzy
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

So many of the museums are much the same for the foreigner and this one was no different. There is some English but for many of the exhibits all you get was the name of the item in English which you could in most cases guess anyway. I found that after a bit that I just walked round with just... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Please stop by the museum when you visit the 5 palaces, it is so worth visiting, especially to see the screen

Thank Sinead W
Singapore, Singapore
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188 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Beautifully laid out in spacious halls, the history of the 500 years of Joseon rule is well featured here. Free admission, located just next to the main entrance to Gyeongbukgung, there is little to discourage anyone to visit. Worth the 0.5 to 1 hour visit together with the palace visit.

Thank Allkuans
Seoul, South Korea
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478 reviews
323 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Pretty big museum. Right by one of the main temples. Entrance is free. So rich in history. Good souvenirs. 1F is under renovation

Thank Samuel D

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