National Museum of Korea in Seoul

The National Museum of Korea is a wonderful tourist destination in Seoul. I recommend it very highly.

Buddha statue with fancy headdress

The modern museum (built in 2005) is very spacious and filled with wonderful works of art. It provides a sense of the long history of Korea. It is very well laid out and includes enough information on the works to give you a sense of the context.

6th-7th century funery painted clay pots

Painted clay pots, Astana, Turfan 6th-7th century. These vessels decorated with pearl rounded patterns were made to be buried with the dead in tombs. The design originated in Sasanian, Persia and spread across Asia.

The museum displays relics and artifacts in six permanent exhibition galleries: Prehistory and Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History, Calligraphy and Painting, Asian Art, Sculpture and Crafts as well as one gallery highlighting donations.

Gold Buddha, National Museum of Korea

Yongsan Family Park surrounds the museum and provides a nice opportunity to walk if the weather is nice (as it was when I visited).

view of the National Museum of Korea with a pond in the foreground

It is the sixth largest museum in the world in terms of floor space with a total of 295,551 square meters.

12th century kundika

Kundika (water bottle), Goryeo Dynasty, 12th century.

When I visited there was an orchestra playing in the courtyard, and I captured this video:

Nearby (within the park) is the National Hangeul Museum (covering the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, created in 1446).

The “Gyeongcheonsa Ten-Story Pagoda” (경천사 십층석탑, 敬天寺十層石塔) was originally erected at the monastery Gyeongcheonsa in the fourth year of King Chungmok of Goryeo (1348). In 1907, it was illegally smuggled to Japan. In 1960, it was restored in Gyoengbokgung Palace, but proved difficult to be conserve because of acid rain and weathering so it was moved into the museum.

Gyeongcheonsa ten story pagoda inside the museum

Gyeongcheonsa ten story pagoda

Contact information:
web site
Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04383 (See the Curious Cat Seoul tourist map
Phone: +82 2-2077-9000

Related: Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám, 文廟) Hanoi, VietnamIslamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala LumpurBoston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Museum of Science (USA)Cheng Ho Cultural Museum, Malacca

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