Part of what makes Seoul a charming place is the effort the community puts into arts and culture. Museums dot the entire metropolitan area and galleries just pop out of unexpected places – in the middle of the market, in the center of a business district, even underground accessible through an alley.
Among the many places that exhibit the culture of Korea is the National Folk Museum of Korea (국립민속박물관). Unlike traditional museums where paintings, sculptures, or artifacts are displayed, the NFMK boasts of a sprawling ground with life-size and interactive replicas of items that show the history of Korea.
The NFMK is located within the compound of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, however the entrance to the NFMK is through a different gate which is just a couple of minutes walk from the gates of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Getting lost is not a problem as young (not to mention, good-looking!) English-speaking police officers are standing by every few meters, ready to help tourists.
It’s a small community that lets you travel back in time.
If there is one museum you have to visit while in Seoul, make sure to spend 1-2 hours at the National Folk Museum of Korea. After all, travelling is about learning one’s culture and history.
When you’re done with your tour, walk further down the street (outside the gates) and head to Bukchon Hanok Village for some snacks. There are many quaint cafes and traditional food stores. The walk is about 20 minutes if you wander around without a map. There is a tourist information center which will provide you a map of the area for free. There are also convenience stores along the way should you get hungry already :)