The 5 Must-Visit Museums in Seoul for Culture Lovers

By Polyglot Petra 3/8/24

As a city that boasts a rich history and hyper-modernity in contemporary life, Seoul offers a museum experience that is as diverse as it is profound. Here, I will be sharing with you what I think are the 5 must-visits that will get you acquainted with Korean culture and history at lightning speed.

The National Museum of Korea

This massive building is impressive the moment you see it, not to mention the stunning and unique view of the Namsan Tower from the upper terrace.  But it’s what’s inside that really counts.

From prehistoric times to the Joseon dynasty, the museum’s extensive collection includes exquisite Buddhist statuary, elegant Goryeo dynasty celadon, and intricate Baekje gold jewelry. It took me 4 days to complete the first floor (Korean History) alone, but there are traditional artworks displayed on the 2nd and 3rd floors, too.

The National Folk Museum of Korea

Contrary to the Palace Museum, this museum shows the life of commoners throughout the 500 years of the Joseon Dynasty. Wandering through interior exhibition halls, you’ll find traditional homes, traditional kitchens, and cooking utensils on display.

Outdoor, you’ll find yourself walking through a mini vintage alley full of shops from the 50s through the 70s. From barbershops, mom-and-pop minimarts, and restaurants, it feels like being transported back in time.

The War Memorial of Korea

This museum does more than recount battles.  What makes it the most interesting is the myriad of ways it educates about wars.

The outdoor exhibition of military hardware will captivate those with an interest in warfare technology, while the indoor exhibits provide a somber reflection on the cost of war.

Are you curious about the culture and history of your destinations? SWIPE UP and learn more about these museums and a few more if you're visiting Seoul!