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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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Very interesting exhibition, recommended.

The museum occupies 3 floors. It is conveniently located almost across from Gwanghwamun Gate.The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
VladMI
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Waterford, Michigan
Great!!

This museum shows the 20th century modern history of Korea. I really recommend it to eveyone. This... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
o2 c
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198 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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 4 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.

1  Thank OzanKarahan
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

I have immigrated from South Korea to the United States, therefore it was a great experience for me to review the 20th-century modern history of Korea. The admission to the museum is free and you can see a pretty good view of the surrounding area...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Several other museums in Seoul tell the story of Korea from neolithic times to "the present" but treat the period from 1945 - 2010 briefly, if at all. This museum focuses on the 20th Century, dividing it in several periods. There is a lot on...More

1  Thank JOIFL
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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Very important when you visit South Korea. Do the museum on the begining of your trip so you know basicly the history of the country in the last 150 years.

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

This is a good place for someone who is wants to gain some basic knowledge of 20th century Korean history. I started with an elevator ride up to the 8th floor to the rooftop garden. This provided a great view of the Gyeongbokgung Palace from...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

This is the kind of museum that Seoul had been lacking. Its focus is contemporary history with plenty of visuals. It is nicely divided into 4 sections. It is not heavy on dates and names and there are plenty of pictures and objects. It is...More

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul,
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is rich with history and culture in its palaces,
shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of
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Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
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