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Seoul Urban Life Museum

Seoul Urban Life Museum

Located in Gongneung-dong, Nowon-gu, where the former Bukbu Legal Complex was located, Seoul Urban Life Museum is a modern cultural facility that preserves historical values as it was built by remodeling the court and prosecutor’s office building as part of an urban renovation project. On various subjects including marriage, childbirth, education, housing, and jobs, the exhibition was designed to provide opportunities to take you back to the old days with a collection of exhibits and interviews that give you a glimpse of our lives back in those days. We hope this will help people from different generations share their ideas and experience.

Small things in life and old memories are precious to us. We appreciate the passion that we didn’t know we had within us. At Seoul Urban Life Museum, we tell stories about the everyday lives of everyday people.

Urban Life Exhibition Hall 1F

Seoul, Where I live
Seoul, Where I live It shows the photos and video footages of Seoul from the 1950s, when reconstruction began among the ruins of the Korean War, to the 1960-80s when rapid changes took place.

Urban Life Exhibition Hall 2F

Development of Seoul Citizen
Development of Seoul Citizen It gives you a glimpse of the lives of people who were born in Seoul or came to the city after the Korean War providing information about the population and their identities. You can also learn their stories and how they came to Seoul, and understand how Seoul became a metropolitan city with the expansion of the boundaries and population growth.
Birth of Seoul Family
Birth of Seoul Family It shows how people met, married and had children, and became a part of Seoul. You can learn about marriage customs and stories from different generations, and understand what starting a family really means to people who live in Seoul.
Seoul Natives, Born and Raised
Seoul Natives, Born and Raised  It focuses on childbirth and the parenting culture of Seoul citizens. From personal stories, such as changes in the way of giving birth, to the stories that reflect society such as Healthy Baby Contest, and Family Planning Program, the exhibition captures the childhood of people who were born after the national liberation.

Urban Life Exhibition Hall 3F

The Dream of my house
The Dream of my house From the recreated kitchen and living room, you can see how housing and interior space changed over the years. It also shows the microscopic stories about Seoul citizens’ lives through various artifacts that changed their residential culture.
Learning and Competing
Learning and Competing It shows how education changed after National Liberation focusing on the expansion of elementary education and the fierce competition in the admission system of middle and high schools. It also presents stories of various school events and memories from school days.
Working for the Family
Working for the Family Various artifacts and interview footage of hard-working parents and their jobs are on display. Lastly, you can learn about their workplaces and how jobs have changed over the years.

Special Exhibition Hall (Urban Life Exhibition Hall 4F)

Special Exhibition Hall Special exhibitions on various aspects of people’s lives are held here.

Children’s Zone(1, 2F)

Children’s Zone Kids can listen to a story about ants, and engage in activities using the five senses while experiencing the changes in the way we approach our daily lives. They can also learn about old local stories and get hands-on experience of various jobs.

Detention Area Exhibition Room

Annex Building 1F
Annex Building A detention area is a place designed to hold unconvicted prisoners in custody before their trials at the Northern District Prosecutors' Office from 1974 to 2010. The facility and its historical representation have been recreated to provide experience for visitors. When you leave the visiting area, you are directed to old alleys and get to experience the modern life of Seoul.
The Story of the Detention Area
The Story of the Detention Area A Detention Area is a place designed to hold unconvicted prisoners in custody before investigation or trial. Based on the information provided by the correctional center, the detention facility has been created with various articles and footage of prisoners expressing remorse for their crimes.
  • Exhibition Guide
    Exhibition Guide(Classification, Opening Hours(March - October, November – February))
    Classification Opening Hours
    March - October November – February
    Weekdays 09:00-19:00 09:00-19:00
    Weekends & Holidays 09:00-19:00 09:00-18:00
    Closed Day Monday of each week(except holiday), 1st January
  • Admission Fee
    • Free
  • Address
    • 27, 174gil, Dongil-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01849
  • Contact
    • Tel.+82-2-3399-2900
  • Website
  • Transportation


    • Line #6 Taereung Station Exit #5
    • Line #7 Taereung Station Exit #6
    • Taereung Station Exit #4 (11-103) Stop 105, 146, 1221, 3100, 3500, 3600, 6100
    • Taereung Station Exit #7 (11-117) Stop 65-1, 73, 74, 75, 1132, 1141, 1155, 1156, 1221
  • Parking
    • It is recommended to use public transportation due to limited parking space.