Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

National Museum of Korea

The grand, marble-lined, modernist building cleverly channels plenty of natural light to show off Korea’s ancient treasures. Among the must-see exhibits in the ground-floor galleries are the Baekje Incense Burner, a…
Top Choice Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

War Memorial of Korea

This huge museum documents the history of the Korean War (1950–53) with heaps of black-and-white documentary footage (with English commentary) of the main battles and events. Along with photos, maps and artefacts, t…
Top Choice Museum in Northern Seoul

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Built in 1908, this one-time prison is a symbol of Japanese cruelty and oppression during their colonial rule of Korea from 1910 until 1945. However, it was also used by Korea's various postwar dictators up until it…
Top Choice Museum in Northern Seoul

Korea Furniture Museum

Advance reservations are required for the hour-long guided tours of this gem of a museum. The collection includes furniture, such as chests, bookcases, chairs and dining tables, made from varieties of wood like pers…
Top Choice Gallery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Korea's premier art gallery is divided into three main buildings, covering modern and traditional art. Contemporary-art lovers will want to focus on Museum 2 featuring a mix of early- and mid-century paintings, scul…
Top Choice Museum in Western Seoul

Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine

Jeoldusan means ‘Beheading Hill’ – this is where up to 2000 Korean Catholics were executed in 1866 following a royal decree, most thrown off the high cliff here into the Han River. Next to the chapel (where mass is …
Gallery in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Daelim Changgo

Daelim Changgo, meaning Daelim Warehouse, is easily the first hipster venue in the now fashionable Seongsu-dong area. Previously a storage unit, rice mill and factory, the building dates to the 1950s and was re-purp…
Gallery in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Sajin Changgo

Literally meaning 'photo warehouse', Sajin Changgo is a gallery where you can drink coffee. Order your choice of beverage from a stand at the entrance of the gallery and sip it slowly whilst taking in the artwork th…
Museum in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

MMCA Seoul

Combining architectural elements from several centuries of Seoul's history, this new branch of the city's premier contemporary-art museum is a work in progress. The melding of spacious new gallery buildings with the…
Museum in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

National Folk Museum of Korea

Give yourself at least an hour to do justice to this excellent museum which has three main exhibition halls covering the history of the Korean people, the agricultural way of life and the life of yangban (aristocrat…