Seoul Capital Area

National Folk Museum of Korea

the National Folk Museum of Korea aims to become a place of living education where visitors can see and experience the living culture of Koreans

 Jongno-gu, Seoul


National Folk Museum of Korea
National Folk Museum of Korea

Description: 

National Folk Museum of Korea’s goal is to become a place for living education where people can see and experience the life culture of Koreans.

Located in the center of Seoul, the National Folk Museum of Korea aims to become a place of living education where visitors can see and experience the living culture of Koreans from traditional society to the present. 

It examines, researches, collects, and preserves our ancestors and the aspects of our lives from our daily lives to our lifetime.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

Exhibition

The National Folk Museum of Korea operates three permanent exhibition halls and outdoor exhibition halls, including the “Korean Living Culture Museum” which serves as a historical foundation for the Korean people’s living culture, as well as the “Korean People’s Daily” and the “Korean Life.” 

At the same time, Museum have held more than four special exhibitions a year to contribute to the broad understanding of the living culture of the Korean people.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

Data collection, preservation, and folk Archive

Folk Museum is trying to secure daily materials that are disappearing fast as lifestyles change. 

Data collected through various methods such as purchase, donation, and deposit are scientifically preserved and systematically organized according to the criteria for classifying folklore data. 

Various research activities secure photos, films, and video data of folk sites. 

In addition, the company systematically organizes and accumulates folklore books and various multimedia folk materials in folk archive for easy use by users.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

Research study

Folk Museum have researched the traditional living culture that continues to date, such as the seasonal customs, village religion, and local festivals, and published various reports. 

The Museum is also recording modern life culture which is in danger of disappearing due to rapid urbanization and regional development.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

International exchange

The Museum has supported the establishment of the Korean Cultural Center and the Korean Chamber of Foreign Culture in famous museums overseas since 2000, allowing visitors to experience Korean culture around the world. 

it is also actively engaged in cultural partnership programs for experts in foreign museums, international exchanges of experts, and international seminars.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

Social education

The Folk Museum operates various adult & multicultural education, education for underprivileged people.

They provides a place for visitors to experience traditional arts with a standing performance of our folk garden.

The National Folk Museum of Korea
The National Folk Museum of Korea

Founding Organization 
Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism

Managing Organization 
National Folk Museum of Korea

Collections Status 
Approximately 122,550 artifacts (as of January 2016)

Main Facilities 
Children’s museum, Traditional culture learning space, exhibition halls, planned exhibition halls, folk video room

Exhibition Hall Information 
[Hall 1] History of the Korean People
[Hall 2] The Korean Way of Life
[Hall 3] Life Cycle of the Koreans

Subsidiary Facilities 
Lecture room, resource room, museum shop, cafeteria, rest area

Admission / Participation Fees 
Free

* Fees apply to Gyeongbokgung Palace (Purchase ticket from Gyeongbokgung Ticketing Booth).

Baby Stroller Rentals 
Available (free)

Parking Facilities 
Available
– From Gwangwhamun, take the street toward Samcheong-dong and the parking lot is on the left side. (Refer to the map for visitors arriving in automobiles) 
– Bus: approx. 50 spaces (outside) / Sedan: approx. 240 spaces (basement level)

Parking Fee 
Paid parking lot

Info. Services for Koreans 
[Regular explanation (on-site reservation)]
10:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 / 15:00

[Guided tour (upon reservation)]
– Group size: 10-30 visitors
– How to reserve: Phone-reservation +82-2-3704-3129 / Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00
– Reservation period: 3 days before desired day

[Audio guide rental]
– Fee: 1,000 won

* Inquiries: +82-2-3704-3066
* Subject to change depending on situation on-site 

Foreign Language Intepretation Services 
[Regular explanation (on-site reservation)]
– Special exhibition: English 14:00

[Guided tour (upon reservation)]
– Registration number: 10-30 visitors
– How to reservation: Phone-reservation +82-2-3704-3129 / Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00
– Reservation period: 3 days before desired day

[Audio guide rental]
– Language support: English, Japanese, Chinese
– Fee: 1,000 won

* Inquiries: +82-2-3704-3066
* Subject to change depending on situation on-site

Homepage 
www.nfm.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, German)


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