Seoul Museums Walking Tour, Seoul

Seoul is an old city with rich history. There are many museums about Asian traditions, food, technological development, wars. Some of the museums are located in beautiful palaces, that are national historical monuments and national heritage protected by UNESCO. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most important museums of Seoul:
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Seoul Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Seoul Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: South Korea » Seoul (See other walking tours in Seoul)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Seoul National Science Museum

1) Seoul National Science Museum

Seoul National Science Museum, founded in 1945, is a nice place to visit for grown-ups and children. Here you can learn more from your own experience. The development of technology is displayed in exhibitions. Its aim is to promote knowledges and creativity of the youth and to satisfy curiosity of people in newly appeared things.
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Insa Art Space

2) Insa Art Space

Insa Art Space was opened in 2000. It provides rooms for local new artists. It is non-profit art institution that promotes modern art works. Young artists can exhibit their works in temporary exhibitions free of charge. Permanent exhibitions display the best works of art.
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Bukchon Art Museum

3) Bukchon Art Museum (must see)

Bukchon is a district famous for small museums, and this Art Museum houses a collection of 150 pieces of Korean modern art, 200 pieces of Chinese art, 2500 of old documents of the Joseon dynasty. Local artists exhibit their works for sale as part of a temporary exhibition.
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Seoul Education Museum

4) Seoul Education Museum

Seoul Education Museum was opened in 1995. Here visitor can see at a glance educational systems, methods, phases, content, institutes, the influence of the development technology of the 21st century on education. It displays the features of traditional education, for example the fine education of the Three Kingdoms period, modern period, period of Japanese invasion.
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National Folk Museum of Korea

5) National Folk Museum of Korea (must see)

Located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul, this museum uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people.

There are three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artifacts: 'History of Korean People' features materials of everyday life in Korea from prehistoric times to the end of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910; 'Korean Way of Life', which illustrates Korean villagers in ancient times; and 'Life Cycle of the Koreans', which depicts the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture and how this ideology gave rise to most of the culture's customs.

The museum also features open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for kimchi pots.

Why You Should Visit:
Coherent, well designed and fun! There are also clean bathrooms and a place for ice-cream/beverages, as well as a nice resting lounge.
There are free guided tours in English or you could instead rent an audio player or just read the information which is generally available in English.

Tip:
Consider visiting this museum before you go to Gyeongbokgung Palace – it will make you appreciate more of what you will see there.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm (Nov-Feb); 9am-6pm (Mar-May, Sep-Oct); 9am-6:30pm (Jun-Aug)
Free admission; Last admission an hour before closing time
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Seoul Museum of History

6) Seoul Museum of History

Seoul Museum of History tells about the history and culture of Seoul. The most interesting exhibitions are on the 3rd floor. It displays the landscape of Seoul during Joseon Dynasty, the atmosphere of everyday life, and the model of the future Seoul. There are tours in English and Japanese.
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Royal Museum

7) Royal Museum

Royal Museum is housed in one of the halls of Deoksu Palace. It displays the objects of royal culture and life of the Joseon Dynasty. This palace contains the models of royal architecture of the Chosun Dynasty and beautiful throne room. It is protected by the government as a historical monument.

Walking Tours in Seoul, South Korea

Create Your Own Walk in Seoul

Create Your Own Walk in Seoul

Creating your own self-guided walk in Seoul is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

The capital of South Korea, Seoul is a bustling metropolis replete with modern skyscrapers, high-tech infrastructure and pop culture mixed up with Buddhist temples, ancient palaces and street markets. Among the local attractions not to be missed are the high-rising Jongno Tower with a rooftop restaurant and bar offering visitors a remarkable view of the city; Gyeongbokgung Palace, once comprising more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, the site of ancient locust and pine trees. These and other attractions make up this orientation walk of Seoul.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Seoul Top Attractions, part I

Seoul Top Attractions, part I

Seoul is the capital and the largest city of South Korea with a two thousand year history. Also known by the name "tech capital of the world", Seoul is the second largest mega city in the world. It attracts thousands of tourists due to the unique combination of World Heritage Sites and modernistic atmosphere. Below are listed the most popular attractions in Seoul.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.2 km
Seoul Top Attractions, part II

Seoul Top Attractions, part II

Seoul is the capital and the largest city of South Korea with a two thousand year history. Also known by the name "tech capital of the world", Seoul is the second largest mega city in the world. It attracts thousands of tourists due to the unique combination of World Heritage Sites and modernistic atmosphere. Below are listed the most popular attractions in Seoul.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Landmarks of Seoul Walking Tour

Landmarks of Seoul Walking Tour

Seoul is a city of ancient historical monuments built in BC era and a modern metropolis of glass and steel skyscrapers. Some of its historical sightseeings are ancient wall around the Old town, gates to the town. Among modern landmarks there are the tallest skyscrapers in the world. This self-guided tour will lead you through this historical and contemporary places:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

The capital of South Korea, Seoul is a bustling metropolis replete with modern skyscrapers, high-tech infrastructure and pop culture mixed up with Buddhist temples, ancient palaces and street markets. Some of these attractions, such as the Deoksu Palace, a piece of 15th century Chosun Dynasty royal architecture (nowadays housing the Royal Museum), Gyeonghuigung Palace, and Namdaemun Market, are particularly notable and make up, alongside other sights, this Seoul orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

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