Culture in Seoul

Seoul is one of the most known cities in Asia as it is an important financial and business hub for that part of the world and it is the capital of South Korea. There are many things about this city that deserve to be known as it managed to combine an interesting and intriguing history with a modern present. Here is some information about the culture of the city, in particular its museums and religion, as these are two intrinsic parts of the city which can reveal some of its mysteries.

It is estimated that there are over 100 museums in Seoul, from which three are national museums and nine are official municipal museums. The most representative museum is however the National Museum of Korea which represents the history and culture not only of Seoul but of entire South Korea. The National Museum of Korea was established in 1945 and over time it has built a collection of over 150,000 artifacts. In 2005 the location of the museum was changed to a new building in Yongsan Family Park. Also, the National Folk Museum is one of the museums that need to be visited when in town. It is located on the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace and it uses replicas of historic objects to depict the folk history of the Korean people. Perhaps an intriguing museum is the Seodaemun Prison, nowadays a history museum but which used to be a prison built during Japanese occupation.

The variety of religions has led to many religious buildings, each with its own meaning and importance. The religious architecture may also reveal part of the country’s troubled history and the religious buildings are known to take an important role in Korean society and politics. Some of these include Munmyo and Dongmyo, Hwagyesa and Bongeunsa and the Myeongdong Cathedral as well as the Seoul Central Mosque.

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