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Museum Kimchikan

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Address: 35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu | 4~6F, Insadong Maru Building, Seoul 03149, South Korea
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+82 2-6002-6456
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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How can you go to Korea and not see this quirky museum dedicated to that...

How can you go to Korea and not see this quirky museum dedicated to that quintessential Korea dish, kimchi. Learn about the history of this staple and the many ways it can be made. This museum is guaranteed to make your mouth water.

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It takes about 60 minutes to see this museum. Some nice interactive displays; audio guide is free with admission. Highlight is the kimchi tasting section on the 6th floor. I wish... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2017
arhie
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

It takes about 60 minutes to see this museum. Some nice interactive displays; audio guide is free with admission. Highlight is the kimchi tasting section on the 6th floor. I wish I'd come sooner: this place demystifies kimchi significantly. Check the website for classes - asvance registration required. A fun and free extra is the traditional Korean garb available to... More 

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Luzon, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is not a museum where you just stare at various types of kimchi. Here, you get to try different activities that make you appreciate kimchi.

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Thank Celyn T
Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Kimchi is an integral part of Korean cuisine so having a chance to learn how to make it helps you understand the culture a little better. Plus, it's fun! I did the white cabbage kimchi class. All your ingredients are laid out when you arrive. First, you watch their chef make the kimchi and then you try for yourself. It's... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Visited this museum dedicated to kimchi and had a good time. Lot's of interesting information and actually interactive displays that my five year old enjoyed. The reason that I am giving it 3 stars instead of 4 is because I was expecting the kimchi tasting room to be a bit more extensive than it was.

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Thank Jake W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The entry for two only cost us KRW5000 as they had a two-for-one offer and we were also given two complimentary bottles of water. We also borrowed two English audio guides - make sure you have an ID on you. The museum is very interactive and educational - staff go out of their way to show you how the displays... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

This is a place I definitely would not have thought of, however a friend wanted to see it so I went along. The museum is set up to guide you through a series of rooms that take you through a journey to explore every aspect of kimchi. The displays are very interactive and modern, there are a lot of videos... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Honestly, we happened upon the Kimchi Museum accidentally and we were freezing so decided to check it out to get out of the cold. It was very interesting to learn more about what many would consider to be the national dish of Korea, and we enjoyed the interactive displays and information. Signage at the museum said it's one of the... More 

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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

The only reason we visited this gallery is because the day we chose to visit Insa Dong, it was snowing heavily and some of the souvenir and handicraft stores were closed due to the heavy snow flurries. We wanted to wait it out so there were a few museums and galleries there so we visited them. I am not a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

Not a whole lot of information. The displays were interactive though, which was nice. They had samples of kimchi out as well. If youre dying to learn about kimchi then check this out otherwise it can be passed

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Redmond, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

No doubt, kimchi is popular in Korea. Having a museum is a great idea, but this one was lacking content. The displays were sparse, and I feel like they could have provided a lot more information. Nonetheless, I am glad I went. The English translation devices were helpful.

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Insadong
Nestled between Jongno and Samcheongdong, this small neighborhood offers a crash course in various aspects of Korean culture. Rows of shops display traditional Korean goods such as pottery and earthenware, crafts, fans, and more, making it a popular spot for souvenir shopping. The Ssamziegil shopping complex in particular has become a local institution for its unique spiral layout and the many boutique shops inside that sell handmade crafts and goods. This is the perfect neighborhood to sample a range of Korean dishes, with vegetarian Korean temple cuisine restaurants being a popular draw, but street food carts are just as famous. As a top tourist destination, crowds can swell, particularly on weekends, but you can find some rest and respite in one of the private art galleries or grab a cup of Korean tea in a tea house – many of which are located in beautifully renovated traditional Korean homes.
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