The Teddy Bear Museum
(N Seoul Tower)
Seoul has long been the cultural, political and economic centre of Korea, and is now emerging as a vibrant global city with the extraordinary breadth and width of tradition and charm. The Teddy Bear Museum aims to spotlight Seoul's rich history and highlight some of its most exciting trends today with teddy bears, one of the most adored stuffed toys.
Korea's very first Teddy Bear Museum was opened in April 2001 at Jeju Island. It boasts the world's largest collection of teddy bears. It consists of two exhibition halls namely (1) the Hall of History and (2) the Hall of Art. It houses about 1,500 teddy bears including the supremely luxurious Louis Vuitton Bear.
The one in N Seoul Tower is the third Teddy Bear Museum in Korea and upon arrival at the entrance, a big brown teddy bear welcomed us. Hmmm, a sign of cute things to come.
The museum is made up of two exhibition halls. We are grateful that taking photographs are allowed while inside so here are some of the many photos we took from both exhibition halls.
Exhibition Hall I - The Past
Hall of Historical Seoul
This section traces Seoul's history from Hanyang of the Joseon Dynasty to modern-day Seoul.
Women making Kimchi. Men grateful for the gift of electricity.
The nation's Prince.
Exhibition Hall II - The Present
Hall of Today's Seoul
This section introduces the many interesting facets of modern Seoul from Apgujeong to Samcheong.
Christmas in Seoul.
They love fashion and would spend for designer brands. The rise of the Chefs.
Never forgetting their faith.
The cutest KPOP group! :)
Emergence of Cafes.
Lovers in Seoul.
Other than the two major exhibition halls, the Teddy Bear Museum also showcases a few small special sections.
The Palace Zone
This is where you'll find the teddy bears featured in the Korean drama "Princess Hours" or "Goong". I was so happy when I saw the bears that I can't help but hug the Prince Bear hehe.
They even have a few memorabilia from the drama like the scripts and pencils they used, etc.
The exhibited the bear used in the drama. He is called the "Alfred" Bear. You can buy the Alfred bear in the Teddy Bear Museum shop but it was quite expensive compared to the other bears.
More photos with the giant Princess Hours bears.
The Photo Zone
Have a digital photo with the bears via this platform that you need to step on. The TV above will show if you are on the right spot. The three circles on the platform indicates SHOOT, SAVE, CANCEL. All you need is to do is step on the command of your choice. The photo you saved can be printed and of course you have to pay for them before you leave. I just tested this thing out but didn't save my photo.
The Teddy Bear Museum Shop
From postcards, coffee mugs, key chains, bags and teddy bears, you can buy them all here before you leave the museum. Picture taking is not allowed inside the shop that's why I don't have photos of their merchandise.
If you are at the N Seoul Tower, be sure to allot at least an hour to go around the Teddy Bear Museum.
The Teddy Bear Museum
N Seoul Tower
Seoul: Past & Present
How To Get To N Seoul Tower
Open all year round from 10:00AM to 10:00PM
W8,000/adult - Teddy Bear Museum Only
W14,000/adult - Teddy Bear Museum+N Seoul Tower Observatory