Located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul, The National Folk Museum illustrate the history of the traditional life of the Korean people from prehistoric times to Joseon period (1392-1910). It has three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artefacts:
- The History of Korean People Hall (features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon-Dynasty).
- The Korean Way of Life Hall (which illustrates Korean villagers in ancient times).
- The Life Cycle of the Koreans Hall (which depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture’s customs).
My favourite artefact here was the “King’s Coffin” It has stunning and intricate details. It’s amazing to see someone was able to make something like that in that era because I believe in making something like that you need a high level of craftsmanship and have a high attention to detail.
As for the Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, It was located next to the national folk museum, well to be precise the National Folk Museum located inside the Gyeongbokgung area.
It was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It’s served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of Joseon.
This palace has a long history of built and destroy. Originally built in 1395, and destroyed by fire during the Imjin War in 1592, It was constructed again in 1867 and demolished in 1911 during the Japanese occupation of Korea, and finally re-built again in 1989-now, by the South Korean government.
Can’t wait to visit this place again one day when they already finished the construction. It’s always great to see how nations preserve its culture/identity and pass it down from generation to generation like this. I enjoy my short visit to National folk and Gyeongbok Gung.
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to visit National Folk Museum & Gyeongbok Gung:
- National Folk Museum open Everyday ( except
Tuesday) : 09:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m. There’s no admission fee (FREE Entry), it also provide a free internet access room and a small cafe inside. Note that even though the entry and the internet access is free, the cafe isn’t. You should pay for what you bought here.
- Like The National Folk Museum, Gyeongbok Gung is open most days of the week except
Tuesday, with interchanging operational hours depending on what months you are going. It also offered interpretation services in English. The basic admission fee will cost about:
- Adults (19 + ) : 3,000 won
- Children (7-18) : 1,500 won
- Children (under 6) : Free
- The basic admission ticket only allowed you to visit around the Gyeongbokgung. If you want to access another palace like Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, you need to buy an integrated ticket.
- The Integrated ticket will cost about 10,000 won. I don’t take many pictures here because I only got limited times and due to the swarm of people that day.
- It’s easy to get lost inside the Gyeongbokgung, because of the gate, the wall and how it shaped, so here’s a map to help you. If you by any chance get lost, my tips are to look for Geunjeong-jeon and wait near that place, because people will go to that location in the end.
- Here’re Another tip if you travel by yourself. You could reach “The National Folk Museum and Gyeongbokgung Palace” from the nearest subway station Gyeongbokgung Station #327 on Line 3 or Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5.
- If you are planning to do the Korea trip “solo” but didn’t have any idea where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, this web might be helpful for you. You could find a detail information about accommodation, event/festivals, attractions, food, etc. in Korea, so it might give you some clue about where to visit, when, and what to expect.