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3F - To the right of the central stairs are Zone 1 (left of the elevator), Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, and Zone 5 (in the middle) of Permanent Exhibition Hall, and restrooms (men’s/women’s).
  • Zone 1 of Exhibition Hall (Photo)
  • Zone 1
    Establishment of the Joseon Capital

    Seoul of the Joseon Dynast

    1392 -1863

This exhibit depicts Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty, from the establishment of the capital, Hanyang, to the opening of the port. It introduces the areas of Seoul, ranging from Unjongga, Yukjogeori, and Bukchon within the fortified Hanyang to Seongjeosimni outside the capital. It also presents diverse aspects of the everyday lives of Seoul’s inhabitants.

  • 1Establishment of the Joseon Capital
  • 2Bukchon: The Affluent Neighborhood
  • 3Yukjogeri Street : The Backbone of State Administration
  • 4Unjongga: The Commercial Center of Joseon
  • 5Jungchon: Community of Technical Specialists
  • 6Namchon: The Bedrock of Hanyang Society
  • 7Seongjeosimni: The City Outside of the Walls
  • Zone 2 of Exhibition Hall (Photo)
  • Zone 2
    Taking Tradition Forward with Aspirations for an Imperial Capital

    The Capital of the Daehan Empire

    1863 -1910

This exhibition presents diverse scenes from Seoul during the time of the Korean Empire and the open port period. It was a time of sweeping changes, hen the Seoul citizens encountered influences and items from new cultures in their daily lives while Korea began carrying out significant reforms, fighting against foreign colonizing powers.

  • 8Opening up to the World
  • 9Jeong-dong: The New Heart of Seou
  • 10Jongno: Street of Modernity
  • 11Seoul as an Imperial Capital
  • Zone 3 of Exhibition Hall (Photo)
  • Zone 3
    Shades of Modern Urbanization

    Seoul under Japanese Control

    1910 -1945

In this exhibition, visitors bear witness to the grim lives of people in Gyeongseong, a colonial city that had lost its former urban identity under the Japanese occupation since 1910. Resistance grew against the colonizers and an independence movement formed, but at the same time, it was during this era that modern civilization began to mesmerize the citizens of Seoul.

  • 12Gyeongseong: The Traditional Look Lost
  • 13Center of Popular Resistance to Japanese Rule
  • 14A Look around Gyeongseong
  • 15Gyeongseong under the Shadow of War
  • Zone 4 of Exhibition Hall (Photo)
  • Zone 4
    Rising from the Ashes to Become a Metropolis

    Period of Rapid Growth Seoul

    1945 -2002

This exhibit room documents Seoul’s development from the 1945 liberation through the 2002 World Cup, showing in particular the transformation ndergone by Seoul as it recovered from the devastation of the Korean War to achieve rapid growth, becoming a metropolis.

  • 16Post-Liberation and Wartime Seoul
  • 17Overcrowded Seoul
  • 18Seoul Under Construction
  • 19Development of the Hangang and Yeouido
  • 20Gangnam Development
  • 21Seoul and the Olympics
  • 22Seocho Samho Apartment
  • 23Beyond the Industrialization Era
  • Zone 5 of Exhibition Hall (Photo)
  • Zone 5
    Seoul Today and Tomorrow

    Seoul Panoramic Theater

    A Highly Realistic Scale Model (1,500:1) of Seoul

In this exhibition, visitors bear witness to the grim lives of people in Gyeongseong, a colonial city that had lost its former urban identity under the Japanese occupation since 1910. Resistance grew against the colonizers and an independence movement formed, but at the same time, it was during this era that modern civilization began to mesmerize the citizens of Seoul.