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National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
+82 2-3703-9200
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Nice to learn about South Korea’s history. Free admission. The rooftop is also for the win. Next... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sadicay
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Very informative

I'm a sucker for history museums. This was my last history museum during my trip to Seoul. I'm glad... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Elyse B
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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+82 2-3703-9200
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to learn about South Korea’s history. Free admission. The rooftop is also for the win. Next time i will try to come during sunset. But since its summer their sunset is around 8PM.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a sucker for history museums. This was my last history museum during my trip to Seoul. I'm glad I came here last as it was the culmination from the past to present. I have such pride in S. Korea for the fact that they...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the museum. Not only is it free, but it's modern, well maintained, and it covers the political and social history of Korea from the beginning of the nation to the modern place it is. It took use a couple hours...More

Thank John S
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I enjoyed my first visit to this museum about five years ago. Then I knew a little about Korean history and in particular the events leaded to the division of the peninsula, the Korean War, and the emergence of modern Korea. There's still a lot...More

Thank Patrick K
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

For those foreigners who have studied Korean history from outside of Korea, you will find this museum to be a fantasy view of Koreans as to how they wish contemporary history might have been. Except, obviously, for the painful parts where Korea was occupied by...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

The museum occupies 3 floors. It is conveniently located almost across from Gwanghwamun Gate.The exhibition covers the recent history, mainly the 20th century. It is well and logically presented, with good lighting and proper signage with enough English. It is easy to navigate. I didn't...More

Thank VladMI
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This museum shows the 20th century modern history of Korea. I really recommend it to eveyone. This museum is free. It's located near by the subway. You can see 3section(maybe 4?)of modern Korean history. It takes 1 hour to see everything there.

Thank o2 c
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

The visit to the museum was very informative as the museum focuses on the exciting history of modern and contemporary history of Korea. It has a massive repository of valuable historic objects. Must visit if you're in Seoul.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

This free museum is very close to the palace and if you go to the top floor, there's a great roof garden that overlooks the palace and the surrounding hills for great photos and views. The exhibits tell the story of post war Korea, right...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Centrally located, easily accessible. Museum is well organized with expressions and directing signs in English. Worth visiting to have information on Korean history.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul,
Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s
most important historic sites and neighbourhoods.
Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area
is rich with history and culture in its palaces,
shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of
Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt.
Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
...More
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