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Step back in time to the historic Joseon Dynasty at the Korea Furniture Museum. Discover an exhibition of 10 relocated houses and 2,500 furniture pieces. The museum strives to showcase how Koreans lived in the past and promotes the beauty of the nation’s ancient history. It’s the creation of a former university professor that dedicated several decades to collecting furniture objects.
As you walk around the museum’s stunning gardens, notice the residences that have housed everyone from aristocrats to commoners and businessmen. Find parts taken from Changgyeong Palace, a humble hanok home and the original former house of Empress Sunjong. Peer out of the windows to see pristine tree-shaded gardens and Zen ponds. The views extend over the complex’s stone walls to Seoul’s congested rooftops and Bukhansan Mountain..
Each house is decorated with furniture that highlights the creativity and individuality of Koreans. Look for bookcases, chests of drawers and dinner tables made from various wood types. Spot folding screens ornamented with the mythical characters of Korean folk art. These screens were integral parts of birth, death and wedding ceremonies.
Tour the three-floor exhibition hall complementing the houses. It has rooms classified according to the period of the artifacts and explanations of how furniture is organized within a hanok.
Visits are by guided tour only. Book the tour prior to your arrival. The museum’s exclusivity has attracted a legion of celebrities, including the actor Brad Pitt and G20 leaders. President Xi Jinping of China and Korea’s ex-president Park Geun-hye have lunched here as well.
The museum is located in the Seongbuk District, north of Seoul’s city center. Get here by catching the metro to Hansung University station and taking a taxi from there. Free on-site parking is available.
Korea Furniture Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has an admission fee. Guided tours in English take place four times a day. Book your tour via the museum’s official website and pay upon arrival.
Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Sejong Cultural Center, and Gwanghwamun Plaza. Cheonggye Plaza and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 15 minutes. Jonggak Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gangwhamun Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Seongbuk-gu, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gansong Art Museum, Waryong Park, and Sungkyunkwan University. Gilsangsa Temple and Korea Furniture Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hansung University Station is 19 minutes by foot and Hyehwa Station is 22 minutes.
Located in Seongbuk-gu, this hostel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bukchon Hanok Village and Korea University. Cheonggyecheon and Heunginjimun are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.
Located in the center of Seoul, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seoul Finance Center, U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Korea, and Gwanghwamun. Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace are also within 15 minutes. Gwanghwamun Station and Gangwhamun Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Jongno, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sungkyunkwan University, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Cheonggyecheon. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hansung University Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hyehwa Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Seongbuk-gu, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Sungkyunkwan University and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bukchon Hanok Village and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park. Gyeongbok Palace and Myeongdong Street are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hansung University Station is 7 minutes by foot and Hyehwa Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Seongbuk-gu, this pension is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bukhansan National Park, Jeongneung Royal Tomb, and Korea Furniture Museum. Gilsangsa Temple and Korean Stone Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).