8 Unmissable Cultural Sites of Seoul

By Google Arts & Culture


Built in 1395 in northern Seoul, Geyongbokgung was the royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Today, the palace houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum.

The National Folk Museum of Korea

Opened in 1946, The National Folk Museum of Korea documents the Korean people and their way of life through over 90,000 artefacts.

National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum charts the history of Imperial Korea through a collection encompassing art, architecture, clothing, and music. One of the highlights is the royal seal of King Gojong of Joseon.

National Museum of Korea

The National Museum tells the story of the Korean people.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Since opening in 2013, the MMCA in Seoul has become the epicentre of contemporary culture in the city. It is designed in the 'madang' conceptual style, integrating the building into its surrounding environment and providing space for public and performance art, too.

Mount Bukhansan

Outside of the city stands Mount Bukhansan. Its three towering peaks have long been a landmark of the city. Today, the mountain is a popular destination for birdwatching, hiking and rockclimbing.

National Theater of Korea

For 65 years, the National Theater of Korea has led the way for performing arts and theatrical productions in Korea.

Korea National Maritime Museum

The Korea National Maritime Museum is dedicated to discovering, preserving and researching the heritage of maritime culture and industries.

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