Korea is full of beautiful museums that celebrate the long history of the country. But, every once and a while, you get sick of the palaces and markets, you want something off the beaten path, something quirky or strange. And we have rounded up a list just for you!
The Seoul Animation Center and Cartoon Museum
Holding wealths of both paper comics and supplies to create your own animation sets and films, this museum is a cartoon and comic enthusiast’s dream. Happen to not be artistically inclined in the slightest? (We feel your pain, bro!) You needn’t worry! There is a theater for those who prefer to sit and admire the animation, as well as a hall full of statues of famous animated characters!
Teddy Bear Museum
Question: What isn’t better with teddy bears? Answer: Nothing. And this lovely museum is a prime example of this brilliant logic. With adorable recreations of everything from the Last Supper to the Lunar Landing, there are hundreds of historical and artistic renderings, starring these stuffed creatures. Hey, maybe we will get into history, now…
Tteok (Rice Cake) Museum
Korea takes its food seriously. And why not, it is delicious! But, is it exhibition worthy? The people behind the Rice Cake Museum think that it is. Here you can learn about the history of Korean rice cakes or get yourself in on that action by making your own. We see a match made in heaven, once the Kimchi Museum opens back up again!
For diligent students and mothers who wish for their children to be diligent students comes Korea’s textbook museum. The museum’s textbooks range in date from the 19th century to contemporary works of educational literature. If it can be found in a textbook, this museum has it. And with a printing press on site, the whole experience can be educational. Thanks mom, tired students collectively groan.
In the category of museums that most definitely do not upset the Japanese government, the Dokdo museum promises to inform you of the long-contested history of Dokdo Island via maps and historical proof. However, it is not all quiet pondering, there are also photo spots where you can pretend to be Godzilla attacking the island, you know, for fun.
A museum full of optical illusions and photo opportunities. It really does not get any better than this. Where else can you be eaten by a giant man with chopsticks? High energy and super fun, this ain’t your mom’s museum.
Inspired by the former mayor of Suwon and founder of the World Toilet Association, the Toilet Park and Museum based in Suwon is an ode to hygienic waste disposal everywhere.Housed in a toilet shape building and topped with a ring of flags from around the world, what better way to spend a day of site seeing?
The cliff notes version of the legend of the penis park is that during a famine, the townspeople believed that if they were to erect penis shaped statues, the fish would return to the shores. Fast forward to today, there are still a number of smiling penis structures decorating a hill in Haesindang.
Yep, it is exactly what you think that it is. Containing around 140 risque statues of couples and stand-alone statues of genitalia, vagina water installations and penis shaped drinking fountains, this museum is racy, to say the least. Our favorite part? The discount rates are for patrons over 65. We are going to let that one sink in…