Every country has some museums, Korea is no exception, from Kyungin Museum of Fine Art, National Folk Museum of Korea to The National Museum of Korea. However, if you have the opportunity to self-sufficient traveling to Korea, you can “change of air” to visit the strange but interesting museums in Seoul that we will introduce below. Now, let’s check it out top museums in Seoul with top 7 unique, fun, weird and cool museums in Seoul you should visit.
* A bit of note: There are some museums that may be quite “sensitive” in the list, you should consider. However, you can “boldly” visit once will also be the unforgettable travel experience of yourself.
Seoul Animation Center & Cartoon Museum
As the first center / museum in Korea specializing in cartoon characters, the Seoul Animation Center & Cartoon Museum is truly the paradise of so many families with young children, and even for adults, the cartoon lovers. If you want to be more fun and crowded, remember to visit on Seoul Animation Center Character Festival that held every year around early May. The museum is divided into several zones with a variety of topics for you to discover: The ground floor displays the featured cartoon characters such as the two cute Larva animated characters of the very famous Lava cartoon movie, the soldiers of Star Wars movie, etc…
You can create your own animated characters by using paper templates available in all sizes from small as your fingers to half the size of the table depending on your patience. Do not worry, even if you do not have the talent, you also create the beautiful products because there will be guides enthusiastic support. In addition, there will be models built background, camera types, you just use the cartoon characters to create your own story depending on your imagination and creativity.
The museum’s most popular attraction are the character models, as well as the scenes from hit films such as Batman, Mad Max, The Werewolf, etc…and a movie theater that will continuously projects featured cartoons, surely attract the attention of both adults and children.
Seoul Animation Center
Address: 8-145 Yejang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-250, South Korea
Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm. Closed on Mondays, national holidays
Getting there: Myeongdong Station, Exit no.1. Go straight towards Namsan tower, the museum will be on your left.
Teddy Bear Museum
You do not have a bear (bear means your lover)? Do not worry, there are more than 400 cute bears from large size to tiny size waiting for you to visit. Unlike other museums that only displaying the bears in the glass showcases, at the Teddy Bear Museum, the bears will be placed outside the glass showcases, you can freely to touch. However, to keep the bears clean, beautiful, we should also keep a distance. The bears will be transformed into characters in the historical periods of Korea as well as in some countries around the world, you both visit and explore history in a very interesting way.
In addition to the Teddy bears, the museum also has an animal kingdom in the Teddy style, super fun.
Teddy Bear Museum
Address: 19 Jibong-ro, Changsin 1(il)-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-1877-0279
Entrance fee: Ticket price: 14.500 KRW, if you have a Discover Seoul Pass you will get FREE entry
Getting there: Subway Line No. 1 and 6 Dongmyo Station, Exit # 6
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
One of Seoul’s most diverse museums, the museum is a combined exhibit of Oriental and Western, displaying from antiques to contemporary works of local and international artists. Whether you love the old or the new artworks, Leeum, the Samsung Museum of Art will meet all your needs and preference. The museum is divided into three sections, also are three different buildings, showing different artworks, the space ahead will be arranged according to each theme of each exhibition.
Saying here you must know how this area is wide and have so many things to look. This area has many angles for virtual living, bold of artistic, only need some clever poses and a bit of so deep act, you will have unforgettable photos in your life.
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
Address: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: 10:30am to 6:00pm (no reservations after 5:30pm)
Admission: Ticket price: 10,000 KRW, if you have a Discover Seoul Pass you will get FREE entry.
Getting there: Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1. Go straight 100m towards Itaewon. Turn right into the first alley (with museum signboard) then walking for 5 minutes to reach.
How to visit Seoul Animation Center / Teddy Bear Museum / Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art for FREE?
You can visit these places above without spending a cent with the Discover Seoul Pass. This card will be like a free entry card for more than 60 attractions across Seoul, not to mention it also integrated with T-Money to use public transportation.
Have you ever heard of the lock museum? Just are locks but has a museum? Sounds a little weird? But, it’s true, there is a museum displaying not only 100, 1000 but up to 4000 locks, keys in Seoul. Visiting here, you will definitely be amazed by the creativity of the previous generations. Just are the locks, but the ways to make them are really sophisticated, with a variety of shapes and sizes and the structure from simple to complex that can hack your brain.
In addition to coming here to know the free time, style and finicky of the ancients people, each of these locks will also contains an extremely interesting stories not only in Korea, Asia but other countries around the world.
Address: 100, Ihwajang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03088, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm from Tuesday – Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
Ticket price: Adult: 4.000 KWR / Youth : 3,000 / Senior : Free
Getting there: Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2. Go straight 500 meters then turn left, the museum is about 100m from there.