Teddy Bear museum, Jeju, South Korea
It’s not just glass case after glass case with old teddies on display. Hundreds of teddies are dressed up as famous people and scenes from pivotal historical are recreated too.
There are some displays of valuable collections of character bears from years gone by.
The museum is housed in a modern, well-maintained building giving it a pleasant, fun feeling environment. It contains two galleries, gift shop, and a museum cafe. Also, on site is a bar/restaurant. From the outside garden, there is a great view of Jungmun Beach.
Well thought out, it is good entertainment for an hour.
Teddy Bears have been loved and cherished since they were first introduced over 100 years ago. They are named after America’s 26th president, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
According to legend, President Roosevelt went on a bear-hunting trip, but had not shot any bears by the end of it. One of his staff members caught a bear cub and lashed it to a tree for President Roosevelt to shoot. However, President Roosevelt refused, feeling it was inappropriate behaviour for a sportsman such as himself.
The story spread rapidly, and people soon started to make their own Teddy Bears. Morris Michtom, an American and Margarete Steiff, a German, were the first manufacturers to produce teddy bears commercially. The Steiff Co. was the most successful of the two toy companies. You can see many of Steiff’s traditional bears in the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum.
If you are over that way I would recommend a trip to the museum even if teddy bears are not your thing. You might be surprised you may recognize.
Hours: Open throughout the year
09:00 ~ 19:00 (tickets on sale until 18:00)
Summer(Jul. 16 ~ Aug. 25) – 09:00 ~ 22:00 (tickets on sale until 21:00)
Adults: 6,000 won (Groups: 5,000 won) Children 4,000 won (Groups: 3,000 won)
Directions: Jeju -> Seobu Industrial Road (or 1100 Road) -> Jungmun -> Jungmun Resort Complex (take the 600 bus from the airport to the Hyatt Hotel it is a short walk from there)