92 일째 – Jungmun – Teddy Bear Museum (제주 테디베어뮤지엄)

Day 2 in Jeju … there were fewer rooms to clean than yesterday, which means more time to play! Unfortunately, the wind was too strong and even though I really wanted to do one of the Olle Trail (21 hiking routes that go around the island), I didn’t.  Instead, I went to the Teddy Bear Museum!

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The Teddy Bear Museum is located in Jungmun, which is west of downtown Seogwipo.  It is known as Jungmun Resort area and it is crowded with all types of museums, guesthouses and a beach.  Therefore, almost every bus heading west of Seogwipo will make a stop here.IMG_20170302_161739882

The journey was about 30 minutes … and you’re there!

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Entrance

Admission is 10,000 won unless you have a coupon 🙂

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There are three teddy bear museums in Korea: Jeju, Gyeongju, and Seoul.  I do think this is more famous of the three, however. It is quite big with two levels and a large outdoor garden.

The first thing I saw aside from the giant Charlie Chaplin teddy were .. paintings on the wall!

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The first hall I entered was quite cute.  It consists of teddy bear timeline and how teddy bears evolved over the years. Some of the teddy bears were from the early 20th century!  They were usually made in Germany or United States (which was where the first company that created them were from).  They aren’t in the best shapes, but … they all outlived their first owners!!  I believe they are in this condition because they are loved and not because of neglect.  IMG_20170302_150959243

They also had a timeline of real events that happened in the 20th century, with teddy bears as the main characters … like the emergence of the Ford in the early 20th century.

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The ill-fated 1912 Titanic.  It’s an ICEBERG!!!

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The Normandy landing during the Second World War in 1945.

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The opening of Disneyland in 1954!

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Man lands on the moon in 1969!

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The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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The  discovery of the terra cotta in 1974.

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.. and even the smart phone era in New York in the 21st century.

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Aside from world events, there are also ‘important events’ that everyone cared about such as the marriage of Princess Diana!!!

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….Then there is a masterpiece section, where Teddy bears becomes the main character in the paintings.

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The famous Michelangelo painting is here too!

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The fashion show that starts moving when they sense someone is there.

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There were also the famous people but they were scattered everywhere .. like Elvis in the Elvis room, the Genghis Khan and Ghandi (famous leaders perhaps?), Michael Jackson Bruce Lee, and Marilyn Monroe were all found in the gift shop.

There are also some related to Korean culture (of course).  There was one for traditional Korean wedding, and the commoner’s life back in the Joseon Dynasty.  Finally, the popular drama “Goong” also had bears in their honors.

… I took so many photos I don’t know which section they are from.

There is also a large garden outside the museum and it houses a huge wooden teddy!!!

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There is also a gift shop! I wish there were better teddy bear postcards, they were a little pixelated.  I did get a puzzle but the puzzle was tiny and difficult to piece together!

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A teddy bear wedding with a gorgeous view … what a nice setting

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There is also a special exhibition … it is in the bottom level.

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The admission also includes a free Elvis show!  You have to go from the gift shop up to the third floor to see it.  It is 5 minutes long and the showing is about 15 minutes interval.

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…. and that was my Teddy bear museum experience.

I almost uploaded 50 pictures before the phone crashed … I actually took more than that, lol…

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91 일째 – Seogwipo … and then I ended up in Jeju …

Last night, I took the plane and then the airport limousine bus 600 (because it has storage for the suitcase whereas the normal bus does not but it does costs a little more (5500 won vs 3300 won for regular bus).  So, here I am .. in Seogwipo, Jeju … totally unplanned and unexpected 🙂

Actually, I was contemplating continuing my Korean class but I feel like they focused way too much on memorizing and passing the TOPIK, which isn’t my top priority … at all.  Most students want to study as an undergrad or graduate student in Korea but I don’t even want to open a book right now let alone write an entire thesis and present it in Korean … and so I found a volunteering job cleaning a guesthouse.  I was pretty sure my mom flipped when I text her .. keke…

Well ….. Seogwipo is the city in southern Jeju!  Before coming to Jeju, I only thought there was just Jeju city and everything else was small towns and villages …

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Part of Olle 7

In any case, I was scheduled to start work on March 1st, but I woke up early and got to walk around first.  I bought Jeju milk!!!! It was 800 won at the 7-11 nearby.  It tastes … ok, a little bit creamy.

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Also nearby is the Geolmae Ecological Park, where there is a nice trail and a waterfall (that I have yet to see because it is blocked off).

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… then came work, which consists of making the beds and cleaning the room.  Honestly,  I barely do that in my own house and here I am cleaning others …

Since it was my first day and we had a lot of rooms to clean, the boss treated us to a meal 🙂  The other helper is a vegetarian, which, in Korea, leaves us with very little choices 😦  Therefore, we had a potato dumpling soup … It was quite tasty, actually 🙂

The other helper showed me a coffee shop that he frequents often!  It has a nice setting with a cozy atmosphere.  It was just a little too close to the workplace LOL 🙂

After enjoying the green tea latte, I had to leave for Homeplus because I realized I didn’t pack a few items 😦

…. then I just wandered … I wandered to the seaside to search for the Jeongbang Waterfall, but I missed the entrance.

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Nearby was also a public hot spring, I think!  It was too cold and windy to have anyone in it … nor were there any water inside but I am sure it would be filled with people during the summer time 🙂

I walked around the port nearby Saeyeon-gyo Bridge, which is almost ubiquitous in all promotional posters for Seogwipo.

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I got a little bit lost because the streets in Seogwipo isn’t like a grid, but then again, I don’t think coastal cities do since their roads are probably dictated by the coast 🙂  In any case, for dinner, I just ate at a random place, which also made me realized just how expensive Jeju was going to be compared with Gyeongsan.

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9500 Won – soup + ade

I also wandered into the Olle Market but I didn’t stay that long 😛

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First impression of Seogwipo and Jeju  … It is a little colder and windier than I expected.  I am really glad I brought with me my trusted autumn jacket with hat :).  The prices are a bit cheaper and there aren’t a lot of tourists as I thought it would be … It seems like any other city, expect it has a nice seaside.

March 1st, 2017

… I’m out of room here so you can visit the Jeju section under: migainjeju.wordpress.com 🙂