Striking a wonderful harmony with its natural surroundings, Seoul is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With more than 2,000 years of history behind it, the city boasts a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Moreover, having witnessed the transition from the Joseon Dynasty (when Seoul was called “Hanyang”) to the colonial era (when it was “Kyungsung”) to the Republic of Korea, Seoul has served as the capital city of Korea for over 600 years. Its strong geographic presence and time-honored traditions—which are the city’s most important assets—demonstrate Seoul’s truly unique features and status. A museum dedicated to Seoul located at the heart of the city, the Seoul Museum of History is overflowing with longstanding historic facts and memories.
The Seoul Museum of History, an institution established to protect and display Seoul’s historic relics, remains, and houses, is composed largely of the main hall, Seoul City Wall Museum, Cheonggyecheon Museum, Dongdaemun History Museum/Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial, Gyeonggyojang House, Baekinjae Historical House, and Gyeonghuigung Annex Building. Each of these institutions retains its own significance and value in relation to the various aspects of Seoul’s history, including its four mountains, city wall, streams, urban life, urban organizations, relics, and historic houses and sites. The Seoul Museum of History’s main hall and numerous annexes form a kind of urban constellation that takes visitors on a journey through the long-established, time-honored history of Seoul.
We wholeheartedly welcome visits from Seoul citizens as well as people from around the world.
It is our sincere hope that everyone who comes here is able to discover and enjoy the genuine beauty of Seoul.
Song In-ho, Director of the Seoul Museum of History