National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people.
The museum was established on 8 November 1945 by the U.S. Government and opened on 25 April 1946 at the City Administration Memorial Hall. When the museum was merged with National Museum of Korea, its collection of 4,555 artifacts was moved to the latter's Mt Namsan site. In 1975, when the National Museum moved onto the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, it moved along with it into the Modern Art Museum Building. In 1993 it opened in its present site, which was the former site of the National Museum of Korea. The building's design is based on various historical buildings around South Korea.
The museum has three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artifacts: History of Korean People features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910; Korean Way of Life, which illustrates Korean villagers in ancient times; and Life Cycle of the Koreans, which depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture's customs.
The museum also features open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for kimchi pots. Take a look at our Seoul trip planner to schedule your visit to Children's Folk Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Children's Folk Museum Reviews
My 2 & 4YO loved the interactive and hands on activities. The facilitators were kind and helpful - explaining (in korean and sign language) to my children as best they could how to do the activities..... more »
We visited this place when we visited Gyeongbokgung. We came around 04.10 p.m and it almost closed(05.00 p.m). This museum is really amazing. They have so many activities for kids. From story about... more »
Beautiful collection with some amazing artifacts. A little challenging to navigate in English but the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There are free tours at a couple times through the day which I would definitely recommend as the collections can get daunting if you’re going to try to explore them on your own. Really fun to just take it all in with a guide.
I personally did not find this museum all that interesting although everything was nicely displayed. I formation desk says it takes about an hour to go through and it is free all day every day. Free small lockers available inside by the information desk. Probably interesting if you are really into Korean culture....
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