12 stunning museums to discover during your trip in South Korea (Part I)
1. National Museum of Korea
Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
With more than 220,000 cultural exhibits on six floors, stretching from ancient and medieval history to modern history, the National Museum of Korea is the largest and most impressive museum in Seoul. There are exhibitions focusing on various forms of art such as calligraphy, painting, sculpture and handicrafts.
Cultural diversity has been beautifully introduced throughout the country's development in the fields of art, religion and culture. Do not miss the outdoor exhibition area, where the narrow path leads you to a quiet area with streams and waterfalls.
2. War Memorial of Korea
Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan, Seoul
Founded to honor the noble sacrifice of Korean martyrs, the War Memorial of Korea serves as a moral education spot with around 33,000 artifacts related to the war. Visitors should spend several hours exploring six separate rooms in the indoor area of the museum and outdoor gallery with extremely large weapons.
In particular, visitors can visit the War History Room - a displaying weapons and combat uniform of Korea from prehistoric times to the late 1800s. The room will allow visitors to walk through the simulations of post-war Korean villages to get a glimpse of what was nearly destroyed in Seoul during the postwar decade.
Photo: Thousand Wonders
3. Korea National Maritime Museum
Address: Dongsam 1(il)-dong, Busan
The ocean is a very important resource for the Busan people. It has the largest port city in Korea and the world's fifth busiest port in terms of freight. Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum have shown this importance by focusing on all aspects of marine and ocean life, from marine life to the maritime industry's history.
The museum also has a library, fish tanks, theater and 4D cinema, providing entertainment for all ages.
4. Gyeongju National Museum
Address: 186, Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk
As the capital city of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - 935 AD), the city of Gyeongju is covered by a rich history and tradition. Here, the exhibits are arranged in an eye-catching way in many galleries including the Main Hall with raw earthworks, arts and crafts; the Gukeun Memorial Hall with more than 600 artifacts in Dr. Lee Yang-Seon's personal collection and the Gobun Gallery in Annex I area - which houses a collection of artifacts from large graves in the city.
To see the royal life, stop at Annex 2, which contains exhibits of living items and artifacts from Lake Wolji. Visitors can have a close-up view of the crown, decorations and splendid jewelries... All showcase the great artistic culture of the Silla dynasty.
5. Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine
Address: 49, Dalgubeol-daero, Road 415, Jung, Daegu
Take a look at the history of Oriental medicine through this interactive museum. It is both an exhibition gallery and an experiential center. The gallery will introduce the origins of Oriental Medicine in Yangnyeongsi, while the experiential center will allow visitors to learn about concepts such as yin-yang, five elements and four body types through different activities.
Guests can also walk along the acupuncture trail of the museum or soak their feet in herbal water. On days ending in 1 or 6 (except 31st), there will even be a wholesale market for tourists to purchase interesting items.
6. National Palace Museum
Address: 12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno, Seoul
The famous Imperial Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty - the longest ruling Confucian dynasty with more than 5 centuries (from 1392 to 1897) - is about 40 km from Seoul. Visitors can discover the history of the dynasty at the National Palace Museum in Korea, which houses more than 40,000 historical artifacts.
The fixed collection covers all aspects of the Joseon Dynasty, including the arts, science and music of the period. The museum also organizes exhibitions and special education programs for English speakers.
By: Cole Guthrie