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Best History Museums in Seoul

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National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea is one of the most extensive museums in Seoul, housing art and archaeological objects from Korean prehistory through to the end of the Chosun Dynasty (1910). Throughout the three-floor museum, there are 13,000 artifacts in six permanent galleries on display. Audio guides, touch screens, and video rooms all help to bring the ancient world alive here. In addition to regular exhibitions, the museum offers special educational programs such as public lectures, arts and crafts classes, and special tours. There are over 220,000 objects in the collections. In addition there are special exhibition halls, education facilities, a children's museum, a huge outdoor exhibition area, restaurants, cafes, shops, and other amenities.

Seoul, South Korea
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Seodaemun Prison History Center

Since 1972, Seodaemun Prison History Center has been a national independence monument, dedicated to those who suffered in the name of Korea under the Japanese occupation (1910-45). It was built during the time of Japan's oppression of Korea, and even today the walls are haunted by the many atrocities committed at this site. The cells, confinement and torture rooms are restored to how they were before 1945. There is also a hall with some historical background and descriptions.

Seoul, South Korea
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The Abraham Park and Kenneth Vine Collection

(Pyeonggang Jeail church Sungseo Youmul museum) This collection of ancient European and Egyptian relics was amassed by an American archaeologist, Doctor Kenneth Vine, and donated to Reverend Park Abraham. Around 750 pieces are on display, in three exhibition rooms, including earthen vessels of Mycenae and Thilisteines (2000 B.C.), an Egyptian mummy from 10 B.C. and a gold ring from the Byzantine Empire. The exhibition is divided into three themes: the creation of God, the corruption of the human being and the recovery of human beings' conscience and the way of eternal life. Free parking is available.

Seoul, South Korea
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