I really like museums. I can spend hours lost in them, wandering from room to room, diligently reading every placard and making sure I don’t miss anything. I’m like that in all museums in general, but history museums in particular make my heart pitter-patter! So you can imagine my disappointment when the last time we attempted to go the Seoul Museum of History we arrived just half an hour before closing time. We saw a small part of one exhibit, but it was rushed and not at all as thorough as I usually like to be.
Luckily, we devoted some time to checking out this museum with our friends Meg and Frank on their first weekend here. Last time I talked about the history of the Japanese-occupation of Korea, but this time I spent more time learning about the modernization of Seoul and about the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
The museum is really good–the exhibits are artistic and high-quality, and the translations are perfect. It’s a great way to learn about Seoul’s history and see just how far things have come in the last 50 years. I highly recommend checking it out!
How to get there:
1) Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 7. Upon exiting the station, turn around, and turn right at the 4-way intersection. Go straight about 500m, the museum is on the right.
2) Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Seodaemun Station, Exit 4.Go straight about 600m and the museum is on the left.