The National Museum of Korea is located about 1.5 km away from Yongsan Station. It is the largest museum in Korea and houses precious Korean cultural assets that tell the story of Korea’s fascinating history, from ancient times to the modern era.
The museum is also close to Yongsan Family Park, a grassy wooded park with a pond that serves as a natural habitat for various species of birds, as well as over 80 different kinds of trees. The War Memorial of Korea, also nearby, is located next to Samgakji Station, and 1 km from Yongsan Station. It displays a vast collection of wartime relics.
In addition to galleries with a wide array of national and international pieces, the National Museum of Korea is the stage for a number of cultural activities related to collection, preservation, research and analysis, social training, academic publications, intercultural exchange programs, concerts, and more.
Visitors of all ages get the opportunity to participate in a number of educational events and quality cultural programs. For those who prefer to tour at a leisurely pace, the museum grounds have a number of environmentally friendly spaces and rest areas.
* Mobile Services
The National Museum of Korea offers a state-of-the-art digital guide service to provide a more enjoyable tour of the museum. The digital guide service has a bookmark function and a search function that can be used to obtain more detailed information on specific pieces.
1. Digital Guides are available to visitors aged 14 and over who are able to present a valid ID.
2. Rental Fees: PDA - 3,000 won / MP3 - 1,000 won
3. Rental reservations must be made online 1 day prior to visit (maximum 5 rentals allowed per person).
※ Rentals are provided on the day of visit, only after applying for membership.
* Size of Facilities
6 ground floors / 1 underground floor
Approximately 15,000 Pieces
- 3rd Floor: Sculpture and Crafts Gallery
(Buddhist Sculpture, Metal Arts, Celadon, Buncheong Ware, White Porcelain)
(Indonesian Art, Central Asian Art, Chinese Art, Nangnang Remains, Relics from Sinan Seabed, Japanese Art)
- 2nd Floor : Calligraphy and Painting Gallery
(Calligraphy, Paintings, Buddhist Paintings, Woodworking),
Donations Gallery (Iuchi Isao Collection, Hachiuma Tadasu Collection, Yoo Chang-jong Collection, Kaneko Kazushige Collection, Choi Young-do & Park Byong-rae Collection, Yu Kang-yul & Park Young-sook Collection, Kim Chong-hak Collection, Lee Hong-kun Collection, Other Collections)
- 1st Floor : Prehistoric and Ancient History Gallery (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Early Iron Age, Proto Three Kingdoms, Goguryeo, Baekje, Gaya, Silla, Unified Silla, Balhae)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery (Hangeul, Prints, Inscriptions, Maps, Documents, Kings and their reign, Socio-Economic Life, Traditional Thought, Foreign Relations)
※ This is one of the places that was visited by the "first ladies" of the G20 Summit in Seoul in November of 2010.
Programs Available for Foreigners
English - 10:00-11:00 / 11:00-12:00 / 14:00-15:00 (Tue-Fri)
/ 14:00-15:00 (Sat, Sun)
Japanese - 10:00-11:00
/14:00-15:00 (Sat, Sun)
Chinese - 10:00-11:00 (Tue-Fri)
/14:00-15:00 (Sat, Sun)
French - 11:00-12:00 (The 2nd Saturday of each
Exhibition Hall Information
and Ancient History Gallery on F1
The southern part of the Ancient Hall consists of 10 exhibition rooms, each of which features a different era from the ancient Paleolithic Age to the era of the Balhae Kingdom. Here, mainly masterpieces and historic items from prehistoric eras or ancient times are on display. (10 exhibition rooms: Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, The Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Proto-Three Kingdom Era, Goguryu Kingdom Era, Baekje Kingdom Era, Gaya Kingdom Era, Unified Silla Kingdom Era, Balhae Kingdom Era)
Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery on F1
The northern part of the History Hall consists of 9 rooms, each of which is under a different theme, including traditional ideologies, kings and Dynasties of Goryeo to the Joseon Dynasty. Historical documents and items on display are interesting and easy to understand for visitors. (9 exhibition rooms: External Exchanges, Traditional Ideologies, Society & Eeconomy, Kings & Nations, Documents, Epigraph, Maps, Hangeu, Printing)
Calligraphy and Painting Gallery on F2
Visitors may enjoy masterpieces of Korean calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist paintings, and woodworking & lacquerware. (4 exhibition rooms: Calligraphy Room, Paintings Room, Buddhist Paintings Room, Wood & Lacquer Room)
Invaluable culture assets and items donated by Yi Hong-Geun, Bak Byeong-Rye and other donors are on display here. Visitors can not only appreciate the beauty and significance of each piece, but also the generosity of its donor. (Exhibition rooms: Yi Hong-Geun Room, Donated Cultural Assets Room, Kim Jong-Hak Room, Yu Gang-Yeol Room, Bak Yeong-Suk Room, Choi Yeong Do Room, Bak Byeong Rye Room, Kaneko Room, Yu Chang-Jong Room, Hachiuma Room, Yi U-Chi Room)
Sculpture and Crafts Gallery on F3
Presenting Buddhist sculptures and metal & ceramic works that emphasize the beauty of Korean culture. (Exhibition rooms: Buddhist Sculptures Room, Metal Crafts Room, Ceramic Crafts Room – Celadon Porcelain, Ceramics Crafts Room – Buncheongsagi, Ceramics Crafts Room – White Porcelain)
Asia Gallery on F3
Displays cultural pieces from China, Japan and Central Asia to increase public understanding of Korea's neighboring countries and to promote cultural diversity (6 exhibition rooms: Indonesia Room, Central Asia Room, China Room, Cultural Assets from Sinan Seabed Room, Excavated Relics of Nangnang Room, Japan Room)
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Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair ramp, parking spaces, restrooms, free wheelchair rental service (10 available), elevator
Sign-language interpretation service available, as well as video & audio guide rental
(* Rental fee: Video guide (3,000 won), Audio guide (1,000 won) * Please book one day before visiting)
Braille map is available near at Eutteum Hall.
(Reservation required +82-2-2077-9085 or
Online Reservation (Korean only)
Admission / Participation Fees
Free admission: Permanant Exhibition, Children's Museum, Free Planned Exhibition
* Permanant Exhibition: No admission ticket required
* Children's Museum: Information desk at the museum entrance
* Ticket purchase is available at the ticket booth in front of Planned Exhibition Hall. Visitors should present their admission ticket to enter paid special exhibitions.
* Last admission is one hour before closing.
Credit Cards Accepted
757 parking stalls
- Level 2: 523 parking spaces with 31 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 26 for compact cars
- Level 1: 134 parking spaces for employees with 10 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 7 for compact cars
-B1: 100 parking spaces for employees with 2 reserved spaces for people with disabilities and 5 for compact cars
- Outdoor: 78 parking spaces for large vehicles
The National Museum of Korea encourages the use of buses and trains due to
limited parking spaces.
vehicles (less than 15 seats)
For the first 2 hours: 2,000 won / 500 won for every additional 30 min
/ daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 10,000 won
*Mid to large vehicles
(more than 16 seats)
For the first 2 hours: 4,000 won / 1,000 won for every additional 30 min
/ daily maximum use (06:00-23:00) 20,000 won
※ If exiting the parking lot within 20 min, no fees will be charged.
※ Excluded from fees are people with disabilities, museum members with donation history, and museum employees.
※ 50% discount: Event organizers, cars with less than 1,000 cc emission, etc,
nominal rate charged: Museum members, visitors with "Dragon (용)" tickets.
Groups of 30 or more students (elementary-high school) should make a reservation online one day before visiting.
Foreign Language Intepretation Services
Available (English, Japanese, Chinese, French)
* Groups of international tourists (2 to 25 people) are eligible to receive this service.
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English, Chinese, Japanese, German,
French, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Thai)