Seoul Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), 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:
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.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

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: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: vickyc
1
Royal Museum

1) 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.
2
Seoul Museum of History

2) 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.
3
National Folk Museum of Korea

3) 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
4
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.
5
Gahoe Museum

5) Gahoe Museum

Gahoe Museum is a private museum of South Korea, located in Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. It was established in 2002 and houses, over 1,500 relics consisting of 750 amulets, 250 items of folk paintings, approximately 150 classical books, and 250 other odd items.
Sight description based on wikipedia
6
Insa Art Space

6) 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.

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; Namsangol Hanok Village - a time...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 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 Changdeokgung Palace,...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


17 Uniquely Korean Souvenirs to Buy in Seoul

17 Uniquely Korean Souvenirs to Buy in Seoul

Back in the mid 20th century, a certain gentleman once spoke of Korea saying, it won't be possible to grow a rose in a waste bin. Certainly, one would hardly subscribe to his point of view today in every respect, given the image of contemporary South Korea and its capital city of Seoul in...