국립중앙박물관 – 2016 Summer Vacation (the 1st Trip)

On day 4 of 2016’s Summer Vacation I headed back to Seoul. On our first trip we were looking for a new camera, looking for a left-handed guitar, and set to explore the Yongsan Electronics Market. This was, I believe, on a Monday.

We didn’t find the camera I was looking for (a Sony a6300), my friend didn’t find a left-handed guitar, but we did see the Electronics Market. We also hit the Living Museum which was crowded (even by Seoul standards) with Chinese tourists.

On Thursday I decided to give Seoul one more chance. First to rummish through the Yongsan Electronics Market a bit more deeply for the camera, and also to hopefully climb the Seoul Tower and visit the National Museum of Korea. I had better luck this time, as I managed to accomplish two out of the three.

First came Korea’s National Museum. Which is HUGE. I’m talking city block huge, and that’s just the main building. There’s also the special exhibition hall across from the museum proper (the Shinan Shipwreck exhibit below). I started exploring the museum around 1:30PM. I finished the special exhibit and the first floor at around 6PM! That’s 4.5 hours of artifacts to view on just one floor. There are still two more floors to go, and another museum (the Hangeul Museum (국립한글박물관)) also in the vacinity.

So if you’re planning on hitting Korea’s National Museum; come early. And give it at least a couple days unless you’re planning on doing one of those perfunctory “visits” where you stand in front of the doors, pose for a picture, and pretend to be interested in ancient history.


I found the camera I was looking for after my museum trip, negotiated the price in Korean(!), and talked the vendor down a good ₩300.

All in all, not a bad day.

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