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Must-See Museums in Seoul

Must-See Museums in Seoul

Whether you’re interested in Korean art, culture, military history, or its political past, there’s probably a museum to suit your interests in Seoul. The South Korean capital is home to more than 100 museums, and among them, these are the ones you shouldn’t miss during your trip.

War Memorial of Korea

This museum housed within former infantry headquarters chronicles the military history of South Korea and its many conflicts with North Korea, Japan, and China. Standouts include a collection of tanks, military planes, and guns from the Korean War. 

**How to Visit:**Make the museum a stop on a full-day tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to experience firsthand the ongoing tensions between North and South Korea.

Namsangol Hanok Village

This living history museum features five restored traditional Korean houses (hanoks), each offering a glimpse of a different slice of society, from the working class to the Joseon dynasty nobility. Costumed interpreters host live workshops and demonstrations.

**How to Visit:**See the village on a city sightseeing tour, or include it as one of your stops on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.

National Folk Museum of Korea

Situated on the grounds of one of Seoul’s Joseon dynasty palaces, the National Folk Museum of Korea maintains a collection of some 100,000 artifacts highlighting the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula.

**How to Visit:**See the museum as part of a guided tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, where the museum is located.

Cheongwadae Sarangchae

Spread across two floors, this museum explores Korea’s political and cultural history through exhibits on topics ranging from past presidents to the country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

**How to Visit:**Book a morning history tour of the Korean capital that includes Cheongwadae Sarangchae as a stop.

National Museum of Korea

This free museum ranks among the best in the country, thanks to its comprehensive collection of more than 150,000 pieces of Korean art and artifacts. The rotating collection almost always has something fresh to see, making it popular with repeat visitors.

**How to Visit:**Visit the museum with a guide to learn more about the history, heritage, and culture of South Korea. 

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Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

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This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture, and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes a stop at a traditional ginseng center.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea

No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea

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Take a full-day tour from Seoul that includes a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in the morning, and returns to Seoul in the afternoon. Highlights of the DMZ include Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, DMZ Exhibition Hall, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, and Unification Village. Return to Seoul for lunch, then visit the War Memorial of Korea before your tour ends in the late afternoon.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

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Admire South Korea’s palace architecture and learn of life in the country’s capital on this 3-hour Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village walking tour. Stroll to Gwanghwamun Gate and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. Listen as your guide details Joseon Dynasty history and admire traditional construction techniques. Visit the National Folk Museum of Korea and discover over 98,000 artifacts detailing South Korea’s history. Head between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. Peer inside traditional houses and learn about Korean lifestyles from the past to the prefect day.
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  • 3 hours
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$60.26
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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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This full-day tour of Seoul offers an in-depth look at Korea’s rich cultural heritage. With your guide, tour the gates and pavilions of Gyeongbokgung Palace; browse historical exhibits at the National Folklore Museum; and visit the Korean Folk Village and Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. Enjoy a Korean lunch and comfortable round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Palace Tour in Seoul

Full-Day Palace Tour in Seoul

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Seoul’s royal palaces and ancient temples are widely considered among the city’s top attractions, shining a light on thousands of years of royal and spiritual history. On this tour, visit sites including UNESCO–listed Changdeok Palace and the Jogyesa Temple in comfort by air-conditioned coach. With entry fees, lunch, and pickup and drop-off your Seoul hotel included, relax and delve into South Korean history.
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  • 8 hours
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Seoul Museum Tour; Leeum Samsung Museum&National Museum

Seoul Museum Tour; Leeum Samsung Museum&National Museum

Visit three of the South Korean capital’s most impressive museums in one day on this 4-hour walking tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by air-conditioned minivan as a guide sheds light on the city’s diverse museums and galleries. During your tour, visit the National Museum of Korea — the country’s flagship museum — the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and the Seoul Museum of History. Delve into South Korea’s colorful Joseon-era history, admire historic and modern artworks from across the peninsula, and see a side to the country many visitors miss.
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  • 4 hours
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