Seoul: National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관)

At the northeast part of the Palace is the National Folk Museum of Korea. The building’s design, based on the traditional Korean building architectures, blends well with the rest of the palace complex. It is crowned with a pagoda-like structure.

Just outside the museum are twelve animal statues, each one representing an animal in the Chinese zodiac, arranged in circles.

The museum gives insight into the long history of Korea. It also contains historical relics of Korean history, including important tools as well as books and documents. It also contains life-size galleries of a typical Korean home during the colonial era as well as the early days of the Republic. Visitors especially Koreans who are immersed with the latest technological conveniences at home can have an idea of what is like living during those times.

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 the 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. Wikipedia


  • Free
    * Fees apply to Gyeongbokgung Palace (Purchase ticket from Gyeongbokgung Ticketing Booth)


  • Address: Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Contact info: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    • For more info: +82-2-3704-3114



  • Seoul Subway Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Station. Exit 5 directly leads to the vicinity of the National Folk Museum of Korea.
  • Seoul Subway Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station. Exit 9 directly leads to Gwanghwamun Plaza, and walk straight towards Gwanghwamun


SEOUL: Korea War Memorial  |  Chenggyecheon Stream  |  Gyeongbokgung Palace  |  Gwanghwamun Square  |  Cheongwadae (Blue House)  |  Jongmyo Shrine  |  Ihwa-Dong Mural Village  |  Marronnier Park  |  Naksan Park  |  National Folk Museum  |  National Palace Museum  |   Seoul Fortress  |  Sungnyenum Gate  |  Dongdaemun Gate  |  Bukchon Hanok Village  |  Deoksugung Palace

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King Sejong Monument | Gwanghwamun Square 광화문광장 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

King Sejong Monument | Gwanghwamun Square 광화문광장 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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