Monday, January 14, 2013

K-Drama Fever at Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju - Day 11 in South Korea

It was almost dark after we have visited Jusangjeolli cliff to see the columnar points of Jungmun Coast. We opted to go to Yeomiji Botanical Garden afterwards, but they were already closing when we arrived. I didn’t know if it was a good thing we weren’t able to go inside as the admission fee was quite steep for a garden visit. As the Teddy Bear Museum was just a 5-minute walk from Yeomiji, we decided we could head here instead.

The Teddy Bear Museum boasts a showcase of these toys ranging from those that came from different countries, antique collections, and even imitating popular people from different eras. It is said that this is the world’s largest teddy bear display. You can reach Jeju’s Teddy Bear Museum by riding the Airport Limousine Bus 600.

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There are two famous teddy bear museums in South Korea, one in Seoul and of course the other one in Jeju. I have heard that the one in Jeju’s is better than in Seoul so we chose to visit here. Also, one more point of this place was that this was also featured in the Korean drama ‘Princess Hours’. Admission for adults is 7,000 won and 6,000 for children and free for those kids 3 years old and below. There is also another similar museum called ‘Jeju Teseum’ but we did not visit there anymore.

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You could see cute teddy posters outside

The gallery is divided into three floors - the History Hall, the Art Hall and the Project Exhibition Hall. The museum was pretty basic. I’d rather the pictures do the talking :)

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the “newly wed” couple near the entrance

There’s a brief introduction about teddy bears near the entrance. Fun fact: The name “teddy” was derived from US President Theodore Roosevelt’s first name. I guess you already know that though. :P

The History Hall features the teddy bear history including famous scenes in the history from different countries. Popular icons are also “teddified” here, including Mona Lisa, The Beatles, and many more.

teddy bear elvis
Elvis Presley

teddy bear madonna
Marilyn Monroe

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse

teddy bear astronaut
Men landing into the moon

teddy bear beatles
The Beatles

teddy bear warriors
Terracotta Warriors and yup, I saw the real thing in China too!

teddy bear boxing
Thrilla in Manila!

teddy bear painting
The Creation of Adam

teddy bear picnic

teddy bear expensive

teddy bear art

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One of the expensive bears with a whooping price of 10 million won!

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Mahatma Gandhi

teddy bear pageant

teddy bear collection

As I have mentioned a while ago, this was featured in the drama "Princess Hours" (Goong/ MBC 드라마 궁), so therefore there were some memorabilia added here as well.

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The same teddy bear used in the drama

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The cast of the drama as teddy bears :)

I thought the teddy bear museum can be enjoyed by kids and kids at heart. Who doesn’t love the old fluffy, huggable and charming teddy bear anyway? It would be part of any childhood and I sure have reminisced about mine when we went here. I just hope that these stuffed toys won’t come to life like in the movie ‘Ted’, that’d be creepy growing old with your toy.

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Did you enjoy “my quick tour” around Jeju’s Teddy Bear museum? Travel in Jeju is not just for the honeymooners but kids and kids at heart will still enjoy. I’d recommend going here with the whole family but you can still have fun even when you’re solo or with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

Day 1: Gangwon-do
Chuncheon and Nami Island

Day 2: Gangwon-do
Mt.Seorak (Seoraksan)

Day 3: Gyeonggi-do
Yongin and Food Tour

Day 4: Gyeonggi-do
Suwon: Hwaseong Fortress, Korean Folk Village

Day 5: Gyeonggi-do

Day 6: Gyeongju
Food Tour

Day 7: Gyeongju
Seokguram Grotto

Bulguksa Temple

Cheomseongdae and Anapji Pond

Day 8: Busan
Railway Train in Korea

Day 9: Busan
Igidae Coast

Busan Fireworks Festival

Day 10: Busan
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Flying with Jeju Air

Day 11: Jeju (E)
Food Tour- Altang

Dragon Rock

Jusangjeolli Cliff

Teddy Bear Museum

The Seaes Resort

Day 12: Jeju (W)
Sunrise Peak


Trick Art

Folk Village

Sangamburi Crater, Mt.Halla

Manjanggul Cave, Maze Park


Day 13: Seoul
Flying with T'way Airlines

Couchsurfing in Korea

Day 14: Seoul
Palaces and Bukchon Village

Day 15&16: Seoul
Myeongdong and Ewha University

N Seoul Tower

Booking Flights
via T'way Airlines

Travel Report for South Korea
16 days travel itinerary and tips

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