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Hotel Museum

Lotte Hotel opened the Hotel Museum on the first floor of the Main Building, carrying on the heritage of Bando Hotel, the first commercial hotel in Korea which embodies Korea’s modern history. The Hotel Museum showcases the history, development, culture, and vision of Korean hotels and tourism industry.


  • Type
  • Location
    Main Tower 1F
  • Hours
    09:00 ~ 20:00


  • < Hotel Museum – History Zone>

The History Zone exhibits a collection of photos and artifacts related to the history of hotel industry: photos of modern hotels (Daebul Hotel and Sontag Hotel), forks and knives used at Sontag Hotel, liquid coffee containers in 1900’s, travel camera and bag in 1910’s, hotel postcard, Bando Hotel’s first brochure (from 1938) and the hotel’s ashtray, match box, postcard and photos, Joseon Hotel’s menu (from 1945) and various photos and artifacts related to the development of hotels since the 1950’s.

  • < Hotel Museum – Lotte Zone>

The Lotte Zone rediscovers the history of Lotte Hotel: Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (Korean, English, Japanese and French translations) from where Lotte gets its name blueprint and license papers for Piwon Project, a plan to build Korea’s first luxury hotel Lotte Hotel opening party invitation and promotion materials, plate and mug cups personally purchased in England by Chairman Shin Kyuk-ho for Bobby London (an English pub closed in 2010) at the time of Lotte Hotel Seoul’s opening, miniature of the hotel at the time of opening, match boxes used at Lotte Hotel restaurants in the 1980’s, changes in guest room lock systems, Lotte Hotel uniforms, trophies and awards, elegant chinaware set serviced to VIP guests, various souvenirs created through star marketing, photos of major VIP guests and guestbook.

  • Admission is free


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