Snapshots from Seoul: The National Folk Museum of Korea

30 Apr

One of the places we (our tour group) visited when I went to Seoul is The National Folk Museum of Korea. Located in the heart of Seoul and right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the national museum features over 98,000 artifacts and comprises of three exhibition halls.

According to the website,the Three Exhibition Halls are:

“1.) History of Korean People – which displays the representative materials of everyday life and customs in Korea from prehistoric to modern times.

“2.) The Korean Way of Life – which illustrates how Korean life of the Joseon period (1392-1910) revolved around the cycles of nature central to an agricultural society.

“3.) Life Cycle of Koreans – which traces the  major events in the life of  a Korean born into the upper class of Joseon (1392-1910)  society.”

Credits to The National Folk Museum of Korea website that can be accessed here.

The National Folk Museum of Korea also holds open-air exhibitions and special classes such as traditional crafts workshop and traditional music and dance for foreign visitors. There is also a Donation Hall to recognise those who have donated family heirlooms permanently to the museum as well as a souvenir shop where you can find books, replicas, artwork, fans, magnets, pens, and the list goes on…

Here are some of the photos I took. Apologies for the picture quality as camera flash is not allowed inside the museum halls. Please click the photos to enlarge 😉

The National Folk Museum Building


(I’m sorry I can’t remember the name of the mountain ;))

another side

Clothes worn on 1st birthday (yellow and red hanbok for boy and girl, respectively)

Wedding Ceremony

Bridal Palanquin

I’m not too sure if it’s a funeral pyre. (sorry!)

Clothes and Head dress depending on position in society

Another set of clothes and head dress

Throne Hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace

I don’t have a lot of pictures because I forgot to take them as I read and looked through the displays.

I love museums and I am always fascinated by learning more about the history, culture and way of life of a certain place, country, group of people, etc.  What is also so awesome was the fact that the things I used to just see in historical Korean dramas were right before my very eyes.

It was also cool to be allowed to take pictures inside the museum 🙂 I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures albeit not really complete and comprehensive (some pictures have my face :). My last “Snapshots from Seoul” entry is coming up… Guess what it will be about? 😉

Do you enjoy getting lost and immersed in museum exhibits? What’s your favourite museum? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂

10 Responses to “Snapshots from Seoul: The National Folk Museum of Korea”

  1. theexhibitionlistblog May 1, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Hi there, great post! The best museum I’ve been to is this place in London try and make it sometime!
    Would you be happy for me to ‘reblog’ your post to my blog? I will acknowledge your excellent work!

    • sjbkk May 1, 2012 at 12:46 am #

      That’s really sweet of you. Thanks for appreciating this humble entry. Sure, you can reblog this; it’s probably a first reblog so I am flattered.

      I’ll definitely check the link of your fave museum. Unfortunately, I didn’t go there when I went to London years ago. I should check it when I visit the UK again. Thanks for sharing! Cheers x

      • theexhibitionlistblog May 1, 2012 at 2:17 am #

        Thank you, keep up the great blog 🙂

  2. theexhibitionlistblog May 1, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Reblogged this on The Exhibition List and commented:
    Fabulous blog about National Folk Museum of Korea! Great country, great food..

  3. LonelyTravelog May 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Seoul is a beautiful city and i’m missing it! I was there during winter, unfortunately the museum was about to close when i visited. I only to managed to cover one part of the museum though. If you don’t mind, i would like to share my experience:

    • sjbkk May 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      I know there is just so much to see and discover in Seoul. I hope to go back and experience more of the city.

      No probs, thank you for sharing. I love reading travel accounts, too. Cheers x

  4. kofykat May 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    the wedding ceremony looks so cute. It really hurts me that majority of people keep changing their culture to suit what they see in western films…. I wish they’d stick to their culture. It’s what makes people different.

    • sjbkk May 2, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      It looks awesome, isn’t it? I enjoyed looking through the display and getting up close with their culture and traditions.

      • kofykat May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am #

        nice I must visit some time.


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