The Great Indoor <Memorable Museums and Indoor Experiences on Jeju>
A trip to Jeju isn't just about the island’s nature. There are also plenty of fun indoor experiences you can try during your winter visit.
- The Great IndoorsMemorable <Museums and Indoor Experiences on Jeju>
While Jeju is most well-known for its outdoors, there are also plenty of activities you can do inside. The island's museums and galleries cover everything from Jeju's history, to international art, to technology and pop culture. You're sure to find something that interests you. The venues on this list are the perfect places to spend a morning or afternoon at times when you'd rather have a roof over your head than be open to the elements.
Note: As these attractions are inside, there may be restrictions in place relating to COVID-19. Any restrictions will vary depending on the situation at the time of your trip, so please confirm with the business before making plans to visit.
Jeju Figure Museum is a venue dedicated to models of famous characters. It features a vast array of toys, from tiny clones of the stars of Toy Story to a giant version of The Incredible Hulk, and everything between. The museum has two floors and a Mini Museum in a separate wing. The first of the floors has three exhibition halls dedicated to comic book superheroes and supervillains. Highlights include a life-size statue of Doctor Strange and a representation of Iron Man and Captain America mid-battle. Also, keep your spidey sense alert for a life-sized hanging version of everyone's favorite arachnid-themed hero. The second floor has more movie and comic book characters, as well as figures from popular games and animations. A huge Batmobile is a highlight, as is an army of stormtroopers. While figures involved in the battle of good versus evil take up most of the museum, the second floor also has rooms full of Disney and Pixar characters. In the Mini Museum, you can see characters from movies and animations including Wallace and Gromit, Spongebob Squarepants, The Incredibles, and Harry Potter. The museum makes an excellent trip for families as well as those who love comic books and movies. Its Andeok-myeon location means it is close to Shinhwa World and Jungmun Tourist Complex, so it is an easy trip for people staying in these areas.
- Address: 243 Hanchang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
- Contact: 064-792-2244
- Business Hours: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Admission: Adults KRW 12,000 / Middle school students KRW 10,000 / 2 to 11 years old KRW 9,000
- Website: http://www.figurejeju.com/
Bunker de Lumières is a spectacular exhibition hall that showcases the work of historically renowned artists in an innovative way. Instead of replicas or originals, paintings of the featured artist are projected in super-size onto large surfaces. The museum adds subtle movements to the images, thus bringing the works to life and increasing the feeling of being inside the painting. The gallery is currently displaying the works of Van Gogh in an exhibition that takes visitors on a journey through his life. The Van Gogh exhibition is scheduled to end on October 25, 2020, at which point a new show will start. The museum is located in Seongsan on the east coast, meaning it is close to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, one of Jeju's most well-known natural attractions. You could visit both the peak and the gallery in the same trip.
Jeju Glass Castle is a museum dedicated to glass. It has both indoor and outdoor areas full of colorful sculptures and exhibits. The museum also runs glasswork programs. In the lampworking experience, experts show you how to melt glass, combine two colors into a unique pattern, and then shape the resulting product. Once the glass has cooled, it makes for a unique Jeju souvenir you can take home. The glass blowing program (at the time of writing this is suspended due to COVID) teaches a technique commonly used to make vases and jars whereby you blow down a tube into molten glass. The air fills up the glass, creating a bubble. Glass blowing requires a slow cooling process, which means if you want to take your work home, you must either collect it the next day or arrange for delivery. A final experience is glass painting, whereby you draw on a pane of glass using special paints. You can then use this design to create a necklace.
Jejuseureon is a unique tourism experience in which visitors build mini mood lights that depict island scenes. The creations are unique to Jeju as you make them from wood, stone, and other components from the area's nature. The company has a simple process for making the lights and the guide takes you through each step. This ensures everyone comes away with something they are proud of. What you create is up to you, but common motifs include campfires, mandarin trees, and the ocean. The result is a colorful gift that is unique to the person who made it. Both individuals and groups can sign up to take part, although they have a limit of 12 people. There are two branches of Jejuseureon, one located in the Jocheon countryside in the northeast of the island. It is around a 30-minute drive from Jeju City. The other is located in the southeast in Seognsan and is a short drive from Seongsan Illchulbong Peak.
- Address: Jeju: 35 Daeheul9gil, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Seogwipo: Floor 1, 75-30 Dokjabongro24beongil, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
- Contact: Jeju: 0507-1357-7999, Seogwipo: 0507-1340-2799
- Business Hours: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
- Admission: Mood light making experience KRW 25,000
- Website: https://www.instagram.com/jejutic_jeju/
Jeju Saem Ju is a company that makes traditional Jeju alcohol such as gosorisul and omegisul, as well as a mandarin rice wine. At the brewery, you can take part in several related experiences. The first is making omegitteok, a type of rice cake that is covered in sweet red beans. Another is making a type of low-alcohol rice wine called swindari. As the alcohol takes time to ferment, visitors can't try their own creation, although they can taste an existing version. The final experience is making cocktails using gosorisul as the base. Visitors can buy bottles of alcohol to take home.
- Address: 283 Aewon-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
- Contact: 064-799-4225
- Business Hours: 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- Admission: KRW 15,000. Only available for groups over 10 people.
- Website: http://www.jejusaemju.co.kr
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