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