Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Backpacking Korea: King Sejong Museum

On our first day in Seoul, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon going around teh city. After our failed attempt to get in Gyeongbokgung Palace, we proceeded at the park just infront of it. As we walked, we noticed a very big statue in the middle.

It is King Sejong the great, a known ruler in Korea and it has a museum underground which is free for all the tourists who wants to check it out. Since we're already there, we went in and checked out King Sejong Museum.

Located at Seoul-si Jongno-gu Se Jongno 81-3 Gwanghwamun Station underground passageway, at the back of King Sejong's large monument is the entrance (and exit) to the museum. You'll go down some flight of stairs before reaching the main hall where you are greeted with a large wooden door welcoming the guests that enters.

Entrance of the museum at the back of the statue

Entrance to the museum

Inside, you can find a lot of displays of old instruments used in the past dynasties. They have musical instruments and some inventions that they used a long time ago. Most are for farming and some are some astrological instruments that can determing the dates in the past. They also have some dioramas telling the story of the king and his reign.

King Sejong, the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty (1397-1450, reigning from 1418-1450) was responsible for some of the most brilliant achievements in the history of Korea, including the creation of Hangeul (Korean alphabet) and great advancements in the areas of science, culture, art and politics. The passage behind the Statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square is home to The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall, which describes some of the king’s most astounding contributions to the development of Korea as a nation.

The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall comprises of 9 different sections with a total area of 3,200㎡. Throughout the museum are a variety of displays detailing Sejong’s invention of Hangeul, and his scientific, artistic, military, and political contributions (including the theory of Minbon, which recognized the people as the base of politics).
King Sejong Museum

Wooden entrance at the lobby

Here you will learn that King Sejong was really a great king. Aside from advancements in technology, he was also the one responsible for the hangul, the modern way Koreans write their alphabets. We was the one who simplified it from the old way of writing these alphabets.

Traditional Korean instrument

some stuff displayed in the museum

dioramas of King Sejong

it tells the story of how he reigned
weapons they used in their time

some swords with elegant handles

As you prograss at the museum, you will also notice a big model of a battle ship. This is because, at Kin Sejong's reign, he also invented a lot of weapons to defend his teritorry. He let victories over their enemies during his time.

Model of the turtle ship

miniature figures inside the battle ship

a closeup on them, they are really realistic

interactive games

teaches you how to build your mini battle ship

This museum is very nice since it is also interactive. There is an area here where you can play with the cannons and rifles. Also, you can assemble different ships here. It was very fun going there since most of the guests are like kids in this area.

General Information
For the convenience and entertainment of visitors, the museum also has a special exhibition room, the King Sejong Multimedia Room, books, a souvenir shop, and a lounge.

The Exhibition Hall’s relatively new ‘Cia-Cia Hangeul Story Hall’ (opened in Feb. 12, 2010) gives visitors an even better chance to see the far-reaching effects of Sejong’s efforts. The Cia-Cia tribe in Indonesia, in lieu of having its own writing system, adopted Hangeul as their official written language.

The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall is linked to the KT building on the left and the Sejong Center for Performing Arts on the right through an easily-accessible underground passageway.

The museum is open every day (except Mondays) from 10:30am to 10:30pm.
Structure Size
Exhibition Hall Information

‘King Sejong as an Individual’: This section takes visitors through the life of Sejong, from his childhood to his passing. Visitors can even learn about Sejong’s personality and hobbies using state-of-the-art technologies including a 42” LCD monitor, animation images and a graphic panel.

‘Minbon Thought’: Displays photos of King Sejong as holographic images and includes a multimedia presentation detailing the king’s Minibon thought that included innovative concepts like ‘love and respect for the people, ’ ‘maternity leave system for slaves,’ and ‘public opinion poll on lease system law.’

‘Creation of Hangeul’: Describes the process of creating Hangeul with models and graphic panels, expounding on the scientific and practical characteristics of Hangeul.

' ‘Science and Art’: This zone displays holographic images of important inventions such as the Honcheonui (celestial globe) and Jagyeokru (water clock). Cheonsangyeolchabunyajido (astronomical chart) is spread out over the ceiling, and on the floor is a sundial.

‘Great Sage King Sejong’: Presents the beauty of Korea through various images and illustrates the leadership and political achievements of King Sejong with models portraying the cultural heritages of King Sejong’s period.
Admission / Participation Fees
Not permitted
Baby Stroller Rentals
Parking Facilities
Not Available
Foreign Language Intepretation Services
English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish
Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 1, walk towards Gwanghwamun
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6, walk towards Sejong-ro.
Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit2, direct access from station.
guests who hang their work

whole wall is covered with it

You can even learn to write in their alphabet here. Most of it are hanged on the wall.

King Sejong Museum
Seoul-si Jongno-gu Se Jongno 81-3 Gwanghwamun Station underground passageway
• 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info +82-2-399-1154 (Korean)
Operating Hours
Weekdays and Saturday 10:30 - 22:30
Sunday, public holidays 10:30 - 20:30
last admission 22:00
Closed Every Monday

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