But as luck would have it, I need not fly all the way to Jeju just to see the teddy bears. Apparently, there's a teddy bear museum here in Seoul, and it's just a few subway stations away from where we live! I was over the moon, all the more after receiving an invitation from the museum to come and visit!
|Sleuth = group of bears.|
|Off to the bear cave!|
To the bear cave, we go!
More of Teseum after the jump!
Tickets can be purchased at the lobby, with rates starting at 5000 won (around Php 220 or $4). We were given the Teseum + Mirror Maze package, which costs 14500 won (around Php 650 or $13) for adults and 9500 won (around Php 420 or $8) for kids.
Before we entered the Mirror Maze, we were asked to wear plastic gloves which were handed out at the entrance. I reckon this is to avoid leaving finger prints on the mirrors, because people tend to touch them as the find their way out of the maze. I was actually a bit scared that we won't be able to get out of the labyrinth, but Yue and I somehow managed to escape unscathed (i.e. no bumps or bruises). And we had fun while we were at it!
We then made our way to Teseum aka the museum proper, located adjacent to the Mirror Maze. One of the first of its kind in Korea (and even the world), Teseum showcases premium quality handmade mohair teddy bears in all shapes and sizes. They are created by teddy bear artists Inae Leem and Shin Soo Hyun, who learned the craft from teddy bear masters in Germany.
The exhibition is divided into six different areas - the Teddy Bear Story, the Teddy Bear Art Garden, the Korean Folk Village, Teseum Country, Teseum Fairy Tales, and Teseum Adventure. I'm planning to post an album dedicated to our Teseum adventure on my Facebook page, but for now, here are some of my favorite photos.
Aside from teddy bears, the museum also features other stuffed toys such as these life-sized animals from the ocean and the wild.
Towards the end of the exhibition, you'll find the Gift Shop which sells not only teddy bears and plushies but also shirts, bags, fridge magnets, and key chains.
Yue, thoughtful as always, bought a teddy bear as a gift for Maggie (my niece). He never forgets to bring home something for his cousin whenever go on trips.
If you're in Korea or visiting the country with your kids, make sure you stop by Teseum. The young ones will definitely marvel at the life-sized bears and enjoy taking pictures with them. Even the young at heart will enjoy the experience, too. Take it from me; I had a blast walking among these teddy bears!
Thank you, Teseum for having us! And thank you Ms. Jina Kim for the invite! It was a pleasure meeting you! :)
|Welcome to Teseum!|
|Inside the Mirror Maze!|
|A sneak peek of the artists' workshop.|
|Teddy Bear Symphony.|
|Meet Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt.|
|Bears and books!|
|My Bear from the Stars.|
|Teddy Bear Art Garden.|
|Spring feels! :)|
|Dae Jang Bear (Kdrama fans will understand the pun).|
|Yue blending in. Haha!|
|Mama Bear and her crew, lol!|
|A Walk in the Clouds (with bears).|
|Chillin' with the bears.|
|Mama Bear's Happy Fruits and Vegetables! :)|
|Under the sea!|
|Into the wild!|
|Bears for souvenirs!|
|A teddy bear for Maggie.|
|With Ms. Jina Kim of Teseum!|
To get to Teseum Teddy Bear Theme Park, take Dongmyo Station Exit 6.
CIZN Bldg. B1,
19 Jibong-ru, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82 1877 0279
2159 Pyeonghwa-ro, Aewol-up, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
+82 64 799 4820