"The National Folk Museum of Korea - Part II" The National Folk Museum of Korea Tip by mke1963


The inside of the museum is also worth having a look if you are a nerdy modern architecture type, as it is an excellent example of how to use light and space, while managing to keep the whole structure human scale and welcoming. However, the museum does not start in the large entrance hall, but hundreds of metres away, back at the entrance gate (from Gyeongbukgong or off Samcheongdong-gil), where a small garden showing Korean indigenous plants and flowers merges into a Korean indigenous arboretum which in turn merges into a display of Korean 'totem poles' and the easily-missed Traditional Culture Center. This outdoor area extends right round to the back of the museum complex and is an impressive museum in its own right with colllections of buildings, sculptures, operational traditional water-mills, lookout posts, a smithy and a variety of traditional shops. The entrance to the main museum is around to the left of the pagoda structure, with the entrance to the National Children's Museum (for them, not about them) is round to the right. If there was a hotel here, you could stay the whole week!

There are three exhibition halls, one on "The History of the Korean People" (note hat there are ethnic Koreans living in China and Japan), "Lifestyle of the Korean People", and "The Lifecycle of a Korean from Cradle to Grave". There are two halls for temporary exhibitions and an auditorium where Korean music and drama adds a live element to the visit at regular intervals. A cafe allows time to recover from information overload and museum shops let you take a piece of Korea home with you. Each of the exhibition halls has models, pictures, explanations and a context which makes it easy to understand and appreciate Korea. This is simply one of the best museums in the world. If you like knowing the culture and traditions of a country before trolling around castles and palaces, then this is definitely the place to come to get a real feel for Korea, its history and its people. Make it your first stop from the airport.

Address: Samcheongdong-gil
Directions: Located behind Gyeonbokgung. Take Subway Line 3 to Gyeonbokgung Station or Anguk Station.
Phone: +82 2-3704-3114
Website: http://www.nfm.go.kr/language/english/main.jsp

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  • Written Apr 23, 2005
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