Travel: Jeju Island: The Teddy Bear Museum

Now that I finally have a proper keyboard to type on, here’s a longer and more detailed post on my trip to Jeju Island’s Teddy Bear Museum. My first post was just a simple peekture.

We took a cab to the Teddy Bear Museum – if you can’t speak Korean, the taxi driver should be able to understand you if you enunciate it slowly in Konglish style – say Tey-dee Bay-oh Myu-jee-ohm.

jeju teddy bear museum

The cabby and his hand-drawn map of Jeju Island, which is pretty damn simple and accurate. The triangle in the centre represents Mount Halla (which is a gigantic huge-assed shield volcano, not a mountain). But don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted since 1002 and 1007.

The 2 black lines and 2 red lines around it (making it seem like the pupil of an eye) are simplified mountain roads around Mount Hall. Note – the roads are so squiggly and wriggly in real life that I strongly suggest you take motion sickness pills before going on them. Most people have to take these mountain routes to get from the Jeju Airport (near point 2) to Seogwipo (points 6, 7, 8 etc).

Formula One should seriously consider taking their drivers here; or rather, Jeju drivers should consider joining the Formula One – they drive so crazily around the sudden curves and turns, up and down hill. Like WOAH.

jeju teddy bear museum (1)Alighting from the taxi – the first thing we see is a Ripley’s Believe It or Not. But nahhh that’s not what I’m here for.

jeju teddy bear museum (2)

Dees is vhut we are here for – the Teddy Bear Museum! Forgive my shitty, crappy, fashion-policeable outfit. I didn’t bring enough clothes to prep against the crazy Jeju winds, and had to pile on layers of singlets and cardigans to make do. If you’re coming here, remember to bring a nice warm wind-proof jacket!

jeju teddy bear museum (3)The entrance of the Teddy Bear Museum (which also spells respite from the cold blistering winds. brrr)

jeju teddy bear museum (4)After buying our tickets, we head downstairs. The galleries are located on levels basement 1 and basement 2. Most of the exhibits are housed in glass cases that reflect every damn thing.

jeju teddy bear museum (5)This looks strangely like a cross-dressing Snow White and the 7 Dwarves from the LOTR trilogy.

jeju teddy bear museum (6)Super Bear to the rescueeeee~

jeju teddy bear museum (7)Woohahaha omg check out the tiny loin cloth on the Tarzan Bear!

jeju teddy bear museum (8)Elvis Bear with the signature ‘do

jeju teddy bear museum (9)Marilyn Bear standing on a wind-blowing grate. Didn’t manage to see if Marilyn Bear was wearing panties though. lol

jeju teddy bear museum (10)Beatles Bears! Where’s Yoko Ono?

jeju teddy bear museum (11)Jordan Bear, complete with furry biceps and extremely long limbs

jeju teddy bear museum (12)My pal Jasmine (who usually towers over me at 1.7m) and a giant bear. This was taken near the Museum Shop, but no photography was allowed instore.

jeju teddy bear museum (13)Moving on to the next gallery – Mona Lisa Bear. Taking photos of this was a majorly tough job – I kept capturing my own reflection.

jeju teddy bear museum (14)BEARDY BEARS HAHAHAHA

jeju teddy bear museum (15)… and I thought this museum was supposed to be child-friendly. Oh well, they have to learn about the birds and the bees sometime soon. Not sure how the parents will explain the boobs, ribs and 5-toed feet to the children though…

jeju teddy bear museum (16)You may call this the Thinker Bear, but I’m calling this the Kim Jong Kook Sparta Bear. Check out those biceps!

jeju teddy bear museum (17)Miniature bears. Omg imagine if they came alive at nightttttt

jeju teddy bear museum (20)

King Sejong Bear, Gandhi Bear and errrr sorry, didn’t catch the last bear’s name.

jeju teddy bear museum (18)Now this is my beat – the fashion zone with a teddy bear fashion show with lights and musicccc. The bears are even fixed to a rotating belt, so it seems like they’re “walking” a fashion show.

jeju teddy bear museum (19)IT’S ME BEAR! A bear in an animal preen dress zomg!

jeju teddy bear museum (21)Expensive LV bear decked out in, well, LV garments and a matching LV suitcase.

jeju teddy bear museum (22)Oh my, what huge ball(s) you have.

Obviously, these aren’t all the exhibits – I was just too busy looking through my eyes instead of through my camera. It’s not a bad place to visit if you need some time to rest and relax.

Teddy Bear Museum 제주 테디베어뮤지엄

31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로110번길 31 (색달동)

Operating Hours

09:00 – 20:00 (Tickets are available for sale until 19:00)

(during the peak season from July 18th to August 23rd, the museum opens from 09:00 – 22:00)

Open 365 days a year

Admission Fees

  • Adult 7,000 won / Group 5,000 won
  • Youth 6,000 won / Group 4,000 won
  • Child, senior and disabled visitors 5,000 won / Group 3,000 won

* Group – more 20 people

How to get there

From Seoul to Jeju-do

  • Gimpo Airport (subway line No.5 Gimpo Airport station)
  • Take Incheon Airport limousine (Contact No- +82-1577-2600: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

From Jeju-do

  • Take an airport limousine No.600
  • Get off at Yeomiji Botanical Garden in Jungmun sightseeing complex. (15 minute interval, 50 minute ride), then walk for 5 min.

For more information, visit the Teddy Bear Museum website or the Jungmoon Resort info page.

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4 thoughts on “Travel: Jeju Island: The Teddy Bear Museum

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  2. i’ll be gg to jeju around may 20th. do u know hows the weather like? not sure if i need to pack warm jackets

    • hey cherry,

      sorry for the late reply, I was overseas and just got back last night.

      Jeju is well known for 3 things – rocks, women and wind. I think the weather will range from 10-18 degrees during the time you’re there (but don’t take my word for it – go check google?)

      You don’t really need a hardcore winter jacket. I’d recommend that you pack a windbreaker or something that will protect you against the wind. Underneath that, a hoodie can protect your head and ears in case the winds get too much. Beneath these two layers you can choose to wear a long-sleeved top (with or without a singlet – depending on your tolerance for cold).

      Bring a scarf (can be those thin shawl materials, you don’t need those woollen ones) to cover your neck in case you catch a cold from the winds. for jackets,

      if you’re really worried about the cold, go pick up a long-sleeved uniqlo heattech top. it’s really small and lightweight and easy to pack.

      Don’t forget good trekking / sports shoes as well.

      Hope it helps and enjoy your trip! :)

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