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  • Land area295,550.69㎡
  • Building area49,468.97㎡
  • Total floor area138,156.25㎡
    (including 9 annexes)
  • Structure and exteriorsteel frame, reinforced concrete structure, granite exterior
  • Floorssix stories above ground and one below
  • Maximum Height43.08m

Space as Centerpiece

Space as Centerpiece
The basic concept of the new museum is to reinterpret the traditional architectural spirit of Korea in a contemporary way. An open plaza connects the museum’s two main wings, making them appear to be one grand building. The open plaza is designed to evoke maru (wooden floor), an architectural element unique to Korea. Open to all visitors, the plaza serves as a gateway to every point in the museum, including the exhibition halls, the special exhibition gallery, and the staff offices.

With Mountains Behind, Water in Front

With Mountains Behind, Water in Front
Mountains and water are pivotal aspects of the Korean landscape. Like yin and yang, mountains and water coexist as elements of harmony and balance. Together they generate prosperity and stability. In accordance with traditional Korean architecture, the NMK building is located deep within its lot, far from the boundaries. The museum faces south, with mountains behind and water in front.

Harmony between Nature and Culture

Harmony between Nature and Culture
At the core of the museum’s architecture is a harmonious arrangement of the central pond, the outdoor exhibition area, and the main facility. The natural scenery of Yongsan Family Park provides a graceful setting for the NMK building. Waterfalls, streams, and green spaces have been cultivated to create a useful and refined cultural space.

The Cultural Center of Seoul

The Cultural Center of Seoul
A secondary gate has been planned on the north side of the National Museum of Korea in conjunction with the ongoing development of the Yongsan area and the planned relocation of the nearby US military base. The gate will be part of the central axis of Seoul and will make the National Museum of Korea the center of the first museum complex in Korea.

Facilities and equipment plan

Construction of relic conservation environments

  • Environmental section of the collection space (classified by different materials, gas removal filter, fumigation equipment)
  • Fortified function of showcases (enclosed type showcase, optical fiber lighting, UV filter)
  • Established anti-disaster system
  • Early fire detection system
  • Architectural Measure ment & surveying system
  • Integrated anticrime system

Realizing a green energy building

  • Minimizing the building’s lifecycle costs
  • Integrated intelligent building system
  • Energy saving system (night time electricity, Variable Air Volume (VAV) system, waste heat recovery system, gray water/rainwater utilization facility)

Scientific exhibition lighting

  • Pleasant and comfortable light environment
  • Ability to consider different relic characteristics
  • Adopting natural lighting (blocking ultraviolet rays)

Comprehensive Museum Information Service

  • Realizing a virtual museum
  • Construction of Database (DB)
  • Internet Service

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137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04383, Republic of Korea Tel : +82-2-2077-9000