It’s the national museum, need I say more? The Museum has approximately 15,000 beautiful exhibits from around the world, but it is particularly awesome in the area of Asian history. It has of course all the really important Korean artifacts, including Celadon, Calligraphy, Paintings, and several private collections. But it also has stuff from India, Japan, China, Indonesia, and beyond. There is an entire room of stunning and impressive Buddha statues. There are also several halls of paintings, statues, artifact, and cultural resources. This is definitely a must see (particularly for someone like me who would spend most of their travel time studying history)!
• Lockers–If you’ve done any shopping earlier or want to leave your bags somewhere,the museum has rows of lockers available for 100 Won (10 cents).
• Skip the guided tour–There are tours available for English, Japanese, and Chinese speakers, but you can figure it all out yourself, and the timing is hard to maneuver.
• Try out the tea garden!–There is a lovely little tea garden on one of the upper floors that makes for a great afternoon respite!
• Watch your time– We skipped the first couple rooms in the Korean history section. It’s all that early man stuff that is the same in all museums–arrows, rock weapons, etc. The cooler stuff is a little down when Korean culure really developed
• Save time for the world history section!–This area has a great deal to offer and shouldn’t be overlooked!
o Taxi: Give the taxi driver the address.
o Subway: Seoul Subway Line 4 & Jungang Line. Arrive at Ichon Station and take Exit 2. This will connect directly to the museum entrance.
• Operating Hours (they close the ticket booth 1 hour before closing)
o Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
o Wednesday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
o Sunday, Holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.