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Place encapsulating the 2,000-year history of Seoul

  • Seoul Baekje Museum can be compared to a time capsule preserving the entire 2,000-year history of Seoul. Songpa was the capital of Baekje for 493 out of 678 years of the reign of the Baekje Dynasty. Since the establishment of the capital of the ancient kingdom in this region, Songpa has been the center of the 2,000-year history of Seoul. Major remains of the Hanseong Baekje Era including Pungnaptoseong and Mongchontoseong Fortresses and Seokchon-dong Tumuli are scattered throughout the Songpa area, along with tens of thousand relics excavated from the sites. Seoul Baekje Museum is the place that houses and exhibits all these relics.

Building design representing the ancient kingdom's aspiration to become a maritime power

  • The building design of Seoul Baekje Museum is suggestive of a historical fact about Baekje. Baekje established its status as a maritime power while trading with Japan and China through the Hangang River and the West Sea. To reflect Baekje's aspiration to become a maritime power, the building was designed with a motif of a ship. The entire building, which is inclined, represents a ship floating on the sea and the elevator on the rooftop its sail, completing the image. The second floor of the building consists of a cafeteria, gardens and observatory decks where viewers can relax while appreciating the surrounding views.

Watching movies in the museum

  • Every Friday at 6:30 pm, the auditorium of Seoul Baekje Museum turns into a theater. The Seoul Baekje Friday Cinema program selects movies enjoyed by all family members under specific subjects every month and screens them every week. As most of the selected movies present calm yet compelling stories with a certain level of artistry and amusement without violent or lascivious scenes, people of all age groups can enjoy the films together. As the program operates on a first-come-first-served basis, it is recommended to arrive at the venue a little early.

Museum Information

  • Location: 71, Wiryeseong-daero (88-20, Bangi-dong)
    Contact: +82-2-2152-5800
    Website: http://baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr/ [Go to the website]

Operating Hours

  • Weekdays: 9:00-19:00
    Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays: 09:00-19:00 (09:00-18:00 from Nov to Feb)
    Closed on: Mondays, January 1 and all other days designated by the museum director (entrusted by the mayor)
    Admission fee: Free admission to permanent exhibition halls (special and temporary exhibitions may include a fee)

Directions

  • Subway: [Line 8] 650 m towards South Gate 2 from Exit 1 of Mongchongtoseong Station (10 to 15 minutes on foot)
    [Line 5] 1 km towards South Gate 2 from Exit 3 of Olympic Park Station (15 to 20 minutes on foot)
    Bus: 30, 30-5, 3216, 3412 or 3413 (Olympic Park South Gate 2 Stop)

  • Mongchon Museum of History is a branch of the Seoul Museum of History that presents exhibits on the ancient history and culture of the Hangang River area of Seoul, which was the center of the 2,000-year history of the city. The museum is a precious space where visitors can experience the history and culture of Seoul by gazing at the reproductions of neolithic villages and Bronze Age houses, and touring Pungnaptoseong and Mongchontoseong Fortresses that were built to defend the capital of Baekje and the tumuli of the Three State Era. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, the museum holds movie screenings for children and families along with various cultural events.

Museum Information

  • Location: 424, Olympic-ro (inside Olympic Park)
    Contact: +82-2-2152-5900
    Website: http://baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr/dreamvillage/ [Go to the website]

Operating Hours

  • Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays: 09:00-18:00
    Closed on: Mondays and January 1
    Admission fee: Free of charge

Directions

  • Subway: [Line 8] Come out of Exit 1 of Mongchontoseong Station and walk about 20 minutes after passing through World Peace Gate.
    [Line 5] Come out of Exit 3 of Olympic Park Station and walk about 15 minutes after passing through East Gate 2.

Exhibitions and experiential programs about the Olympic spirit

  • The Seoul Olympic Museum was established to commemorate the 1988 Seoul Olympics, a very profound event for Koreans catapulting Seoul's status and remarkably developing the Korean economy. With the long-standing affinity for sports shared by all nations, it would be meaningful to look around the museum and ponder on the significance of sports and the Olympics. Along with monumental scenes of the Seoul Olympics on display, the museum is dedicated to the different aspects of the olympic games including: the Hall of Harmony (story of the Seoul Olympics), the Hall of Prosperity (achievements and challenges of the Seoul Olympics/ exhibition of souvenirs), the Hall of Hope (history of Korean sports development), the Hall of Glory (theater with 100 seats and a 70-meter high large screen), and the Hall of Peace (space providing insight into the history of the Olympics).
    Handprints of famous sports athletes, including Korean swimmer Kim Tae-hwan, who won a gold medal at the 29th Beijing Olympics in 2008, can be seen at the entrance to the museum.

Museum Information ※Long-term closure due to remodeling (July 1, 2018 to September 2020)

  • Location: 424, Olympic-ro (inside Olympic Park)
    Contact: +82-2-410-1114
    Website: http://www.olympicpark.co.kr/jsp/homepage/contents/culture/institution.jsp

Operating Hours

  • 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30)/ closed on Mondays
    (open on Mondays that fall on national holidays and closed on the following day)

Directions

  • Subway
    - [Line 8] Come out of Exit 1 of Mongchontoseong Station and walk about 4 minutes.
    - [Line 2] Get off at Jamsillaru Station and take a bus bound for Cheonho-dong and go two stops or walk about 10 minutes.
    - [Line 5] Come out of Exit 3 of Olympic Park Station and walk about 3 km from EastGate 2 (about 25 minutes).
    Bus
    - 340 or 3411

Living history and traditional foods of Korea

  • Lotte World is an ideal place for family outings as it contains not only an indoor amusement park but also a folk museum that both adults and children can enjoy together. The museum provides fun and educational opportunities to learn about the living culture of ancient Korea from prehistoric times to the Goryeo Era. The museum consists of a folk museum showing the culture and lives of ancient Koreans, exhibition halls displaying relics and reproductions of historical sites, replica village composed of scenes depicting royal court rituals, seasonal customs, coming of age, wedding, funeral, and ancestral rites of the Joseon Era reduced to a one-eighth scale, and a playground used as a performance hall. There is also a program to observe the process of crafting traditional handicrafts. During the summer and winter vacation periods, a learning program for children is operated. Other programs include traditional Korean music concerts for teenagers, traditional culture courses and other various social educational programs. The collection of the museum amounts to around 1,700 relics of which 200 are genuine relics including metal works, jade and stone works, earthenware, wooden and bamboo works, and painting and calligraphic works.

Museum Information

  • Location: 3F, Lotte Shopping Mall, 240, Olympic-ro
    Contact: +82-2-1661-2000
    Website: www.lotteworld.com/museum [Go to the website]

Operating Hours

  • Weekdays, weekends and national holidays: 10:00-20:00 (last admission at 19:00)
    Closed on: Mondays and January 1
    Admission fee: Individuals - KRW 5,000 for adults/ KRW 3,000 for teenagers/ KRW 2,000 for children
    Groups - KRW 3,500 for adults/ KRW 2,500 for teenagers/ KRW 1,500 for children

Directions

  • Subway: Walk out of Exit 3 of Jamsil Station on Line 2 or 8 and take the elevator exclusively used for the museum in front of Lotte World stopping on 3F.

Korea Advertisement Museum

  • The museum provides a look into the 120-year development history of Korean modern and contemporary advertisement infrastructure. The museum aims to be a place for modern society living in the era of advertising to learn about interesting elements of advertising and related culture while relaxing in a pleasant space. In today's world where advertisements draw more attention than dramas, the Korea Advertisement Museum, opened in November 2008, is an interesting place not only for advertisers but also for the general public. A total of 40,600 advertisements including 18,000 video ads and 20,000 print ads created at home and abroad are displayed in the form of digital files. When visitors first enter the museum, what catches their eye is the commercials of yesteryear that churn up memories back displayed along with familiar ads currently seen on TV, newspapers and the Internet. Upon viewing the interesting exhibits, visitors are introduced to the origin of advertisements, the history of Korean social culture in relation with advertising, and the stories behind advertisement production that is changing the world. The exhibitions are provided in eight languages.

Museum Information

  • Location: 3F, Lotte Shopping Mall, 240, Olympic-ro
    Contact: +82-2-1661-2000
    Website: www.lotteworld.com/museum [Go to the website]

Operating Hours

  • Weekdays and weekends: 09:30-17:30 (last admission at 17:00)
    Closed on: Mondays and legal holidays

Directions

  • Subway: Walk about 3 minutes out of Exit 7 of Jamsil Station on Line 2 or 8.
    Bus
    [Blue bus] 301, 302 or 303
    [Green bus] 2311, 2412, 3216, 3217, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3411, 3412, 3413 or 3414
    [Red bus] 9403

Korea Ocarina Museum

  • The Korea Ocarina Museum was first opened in June 1, 2007. The only other museum in the world for ocarinas is the Korea Museum of Ocarina and Clay Instruments in Budrio, Italy, which is home to Donati, the inventor of the modern ocarina. The Korean Ocarina Museum was made possible through the support of many ocarina producers. The museum aims to expand global exchanges, present a future vision for children, and to promote a sound musical culture for the country’s middle-aged population. To this end, the museum provides concerts and experience programs year-round.

Information

  • Address : 8, Geoma-ro 3-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul
    Tel : +82-2-2043-5824
    Website : http://cafe.daum.net/OcarinaMuseum

Location

  • Subway : Gate no.5 at Geoyeo station on the subway ddne no. 5 (SK gas station right side street 50m)
    Bus : [Green] 3313, 3416