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National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea is one of the most prominent museums in the country, featuring fascinating objects that span the periods of Korean prehistory right up to the Korean Empire, which was annexed by Japan in 1910. Across the three-story museum, which contains six permanent galleries, visitors can explore numerous captivating exhibits and peruse the extensive collection of artifacts showcased here. Interactive displays and other immersive mediums enable history buffs to delve deep into the country's culture, customs, and traditions. Additionally, the museum organizes educational activities, gallery talks, and exciting events such as scavenger hunts for all ages. Moreover, there are special exhibition halls, educational facilities, a children's museum, an expansive outdoor exhibition area, restaurants, cafes, shops, and other amenities.

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

The 27,000 square meter(6.67 acres) Samsung Museum of Art Complex was designed in 1997. It provides support to cultural and artistic activities, thus increasing their life span and raising their historical value. The Institute is involved in the following: conservation of metal and ceramic works, Korean paintings and contemporary and modern art works. Artworks are preserved here through application of the most advanced technology. The experts undertake the material study to establish appropriate environmental conditions and develop better conservation and restoration techniques.

Namsangol Hanok Village

A unique historical and cultural spot, the Namsangol Hanok Village is an unmissable destination for discerning tourists traversing the splendid city of Seoul. A short walk from Myeongdong Station will take you to this ancient hamlet that offers a peek into the glorious Joseon Dynasty. A stomping ground for royalty of that era, this heavenly destination was called Cheonghak-dong, or the abode of the gods. Right from the renowned five hanoks to the time capsule plaza, this village boasts plenty of gems, which offer a taste of the culture and heritage of the Joseon Dynasty. In addition to the pristine gardens and picturesque pavilions, the village hosts numerous traditional programs too.

Seoul Arts Center

Founded in 1987, the Seoul Arts Center offers a host of facilities all housed in one functional complex. There is an opera house, music hall, art gallery, arts library, and a calligraphy hall. Performers and artists come from around the world to perform here. So, if highbrow culture is your cup of tea, then this would certainly be a good place to visit. A nearby park is a good place to sit down and relax either before or after a performance.

Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Opened in 2009, Myeongdong NANTA Theater is one of three stages of the famous Nanta show in Seoul. It is also the first permanent theater to showcase this non-verbal, Samul nori-style comic act. Since it is a visual gag, even if you don't know the language, you will laugh your hearts out at the antics of the actors. The story is about three cooks who are time-pressed to prepare a wedding a banquet. The whole cooking scenario is enacted through drumming, acrobatics, chopping and juggling. The audience is also involved in the enthralling show. If you want to catch a show, the Myeongdong NANTA Theater is indeed the best option with two shows during the week and three in the weekends.

Trick Eye Museum

The Trick Eye Museum exemplifies the trompe l'oeil art technique that creates optical illusions on two-dimensional paintings. Up for viewing are creative and imaginative pieces and funny renditions of renowned artwork like the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David. The unique establishment is housed in the Santorini Seoul, the city's cultural hub, and features thematic rooms, including backdrops of Venetian canals and Amsterdam windmills. A visit here is truly a one-of-a-kind experience; and with strategic posing, you can be a part of the interactive images.

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