Display At Jungmun Teddy Bear Museum
This museum at Jungmun Tourist Complex, which opened in April 2001, is the first and largest teddy bear museum in Korea. It is a great place for adults to reminisce about childhood memories, or for children to live them out in the present.
The pyramidal glass structure is easily spotted in the middle of the tourist complex and it houses designer teddies, an art gallery, a history room, a special exhibition room, a museum shop and a restaurant.
Visitors enter the museum on the top floor and work their way down through the various displays within the building. The museum devotes a lot of its room to telling the history of the teddy bear.
It also tells the history of humankind with scenes showing the storming of the beach at Normandy in WWII as well as famous historical figures such as Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. The displays are labeled accurately in both English and Korean.
For visitors wanting more of a Korean flavour there is a traditional Korean wedding scene with hanbok-wearing teddies, and Jeju culture is also on display with haenyeo (women divers) shown along the sea shore.
If you like your teddy bears with a little more going on upstairs there is even a teddy incarnation of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, in the instantly recognizable iconic pose. Various other art masterpieces are recreated in full teddy glory.
The gift shop is heaven for any teddy bear lover with its high quality collectibles, and the garden outside provides ample photo opportunities with a beautiful sea view. If your legs need a rest, there is a museum restaurant for coffee, snacks or something more substantial.
Teddy Bear Museum
31, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si
Adults 8,000 won / Students 7,000 won
Low-season: 9am- 8pm (Last admission 7pm)
Summer: 9am-10pm (Last admission 9pm)