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Exploring Dokdo from Seoul

While Korea's easternmost island of Dokdo, together with nearby Ulleungdo, has become an increasingly popular coastal travel destination, those curious to see the island in person can now get a preview in the heart of Seoul.

Dokdo Museum Seoul, which opened on September 15 in Seodaemun District, invites visitors to experience the striking scenery as well as the rich natural history of the iconic island.

Dokdo Museum Seoul, which opened on September 15, gives visitors a firsthand look at the natural scenery as well as the history of Korea’s easternmost island of Dokdo (photo: Yonhap News).Dokdo Museum Seoul, which opened on September 15, gives visitors a firsthand look at the natural scenery as well as the history of Korea’s easternmost island of Dokdo (photo: Yonhap News).

"Dokdo Museum Seoul gives visitors the opportunity to learn about and experience Dokdo firsthand," said Minister Lee Ju-ho of Education, Science and Technology at the museum's opening ceremony. "Its opening is a meaningful accomplishment."

Established by the Northeast Asian History Foundation, the museum houses various exhibits that introduce the 1,500-year history of the island in addition to its flora and fauna.

A 4D theatre also gives visitors a virtual underwater tour of the waters that surround Dokdo in the East Sea.

Visitors can tour Dokdo Museum Seoul free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-visit reservations are required to visit before 3 p.m. and can be made on the museum website. The museum is closed on Mondays.

More information on the island and its history can be found in the Dokdo & East Sea menu of Korea.net: http://www.korea.net/Government/Current-Affairs/National-Affairs?affairId=83.

By Kwon Jungyun
Korea.net Staff Writer

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