The National Assembly Building in Seoul was built in 1975 on Yeouido Island. Prior to it’s completion the Government of Korea used the Japanese General Government Building that was built by Japan during their occupation of Korea. The Japanese General Government Building was located on the site of Gyeongbokgung Palace and was demolished between 1995 and 1996.
The National Assembly Building on Yeouido Island is the seat of the Government of South Korea. It is the largest national assembly building in Asia. It is one of the first things many people notice while arriving in Seoul from Incheon Airport by bus. It is located right beside the Hangang River. The building has a large blue dome, 24 granite columns and a white exterior. Surrounding the building is the Hangang River, National Library, Assembly Tourist Centre, a park and streets lined with cherry blossoms tress. The road around the National Assembly Buildings are very popular in spring with people viewing cherry blossom trees.
If you would like to get a tour of parts of the National Assembly Building, you must make a reservation 3 days in advance. The tour can be canceled at any moment due to meetings or building security. To make a reservation contact http://korea.assembly.go.kr/index.jsp via phone, fax, or e-mail.
- Tel: (02)788-3656,3664
- Fax: (02)788-3572
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The reservation needs to be made 3 days in advance.
If you didn’t book a tour you can always visit the Tourist Centre / Memorial Hall. The tourist centre provides information about the Korean Government and its system. It is also a place to learn about the history of the National Assembly and there is a kids play area on the 2nd floor. You can see the gifts that parliament members received while on official visits overseas. The centre also provides information about other countries’ parliaments. Nearly all of the information is in Korean.
Opening Hours / Admission
National Assembly Building and the Visitors Center/National Assembly’s Memorial Hall are open from 9 am ~ 5 pm Monday to Friday. The Visitors Center/National Assembly’s Memorial Hall is also open at the weekend from 9 am ~ 5 pm.
How to get to the National Assembly Building Seoul and the Visitors Centre:
Take line 9 to The National Assembly Building Station and leave exit 1 or 5. The Building is in front of you. Look at the map below for more details and for the tourist centre / memorial hall
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