The Kimchi Museum

Say Kimchi!!!

Say Kimchi!!!

When I heard that there was a Kimchi Museum in Seoul, I knew I had to pay the place a visit. It’s called Museum Kimchikan and is located on the very touristy Insadong street. It’s a little difficult to get to…at least it was for me so make sure you have the address and some patience when looking for the place. It’s on the main Insadong tourist street, so just look for the address and you’ll find the Museum Kimchikan on the 4th floor of a building a little bit off of the main street.

Look for this sign on the main Insadong road

Look for this sign on the main Insadong road

The building the museum is in is on the right in the back, this is the view of it from the main street

The building the museum is in is on the right in the back, this is the view of it from the main street

The cost of admission is ₩5,000 (less than $5) and gives you access to all three floors of the museum. I was a little confused about the museum’s layout but levels 4-6 in the building are all part of the museum, if a door is shut you just need to scan your handy dandy ticket at the door and it will open! You are also given a piece of cardstock with your ticket, hold on to this too as the top level of the museum has a decorating station where you can make your own personalized kimchi card.

Ticket to museum

Ticket to museum

The museum itself is really kind of limited. There are some movies playing about the making of kimchi and an interactive room on the 4th floor that goes over the process of fermentation. But, really there isn’t much to the museum itself.

Main area once you enter the museum

Main area once you enter the museum

Small room where you can use an interactive exhibit to learn about fermentation

Small room where you can use an interactive exhibit to learn about fermentation

The way this exhibit is set up is similar to a touch screen, only it uses projectors. Pretty cool!

The way this exhibit is set up is similar to a touch screen, only it uses projectors. Pretty cool!

The top level of the museum is where you can make your own kimchi card to take home and also where the classroom is. You need to make reservation ahead of time and have a minimum of 4 people but if you do you can learn to make kimchi and then take it home with you! I feel like to truly enjoy the kimchi museum you really need to book a class on how to make kimchi.

Top level of the museum

Top level of the museum

Classroom where you can learn to make kimchi!

Classroom where you can learn to make kimchi!

Don't forget to make your postcard!

Don’t forget to make your postcard!

Kimchi stamps!

Kimchi stamps!

One thing I found to be really cool at the museum was the special exhibit. Here in Korea people say “kimchi” instead of “cheese.” Going off of that, the special exhibit was a bunch of boxes mounted on walls with projectors that would project images of people visiting the exhibit saying “kimchi.” Needless to say it was a lot of fun to find a tiny image of yourself hidden among other boxes dancing around and saying kimchi.

Two Whitneys

Two Whitneys

Pointing at myself

Pointing at myself

All in all I did enjoy the Museum Kimchckan but it wasn’t particularly amazing. If you are already planning a visit to Insadong it would definitely be worth a quick stop, especially if you can book a kimchi making class.

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