CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
While visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace one day, we opted to also take a look inside the National Palace Museum of Korea. It was easy to find, on the western side of the palace’s complex.
Just inside the front door you will find the 2nd floor Information Desk, with handy pamphlets in English, coin operated luggage lockers, free stroller and wheelchair rentals, audio guides in English (1,000 won), and restrooms. On the bottom level are a very nice museum shop and a cafe, with Korean food, coffee, and desserts.
We liked this museum for the simple reason that you could see all of the cool elements of the palace architecture up close and personal. I am always trying to get a good picture of the rooftop guardians and here was an example down at my level.
They also have beautiful pieces of palace decor, such as this double dragon ceiling tile.
There are many royal treasures and artifacts on display, with a good portion dedicated to the Joseon Dynasty.
The museum has a number of pieces on permanent display, such as these vehicles, and also has a variety of temporary and visiting exhibits.
Closed on Mondays
Weekdays: 9:00 – 18:00 (Final admission at 17:00)
Weekends and Holidays: 9:00-19:00 (Final admission at 18:00)
Admission: FREE entry
Free Guided Tours available in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. See website for current times.
Website: http://www.gogung.go.kr/eng/ (in English)
Hyojaro 12, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820
This museum is located inside the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Google Maps Coordinates: 37.576561, 126.97497
2 minute walk from Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Line 3)
10 minute walk from Exit 1 of Gwanghwamun Subway Station (Line 5)
Buses that stop near the museum:
171, 272, 606, 700, 706, 707, 708, 1020, 1711, 7018, 7022, 7025, 7212, 9073 stop on Jeokseondong
109, 171, 272, 606, 708, 1020, 1711, 6011, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7025, 7212 stop on Gyeongbokgung
More Korea Ye articles about additional destinations in the vicinity:
In Gwanghwamun Square: http://koreaye.com/king-sejong-and-admiral-yi-sun-sin/
In Insa-dong: http://koreaye.com/ceraworks-painting-workshop/