Snoopy Garden and Moomin Land Jeju: Much-Loved Comics Brought to Life
Two famous cartoon worlds are brought to life in spectacular style on Jeju. Here’s all you need to know about Moomin Land Jeju and Snoopy Garden.
- Exploring Fictional Worlds on JejuSnoopy Garden and Moomin Land Jeju: Much-Loved Comics Brought to Life
Two venues on Jeju have recreated popular comic strip worlds. Snoopy Garden is all about the characters found in Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Moomin Land Jeju is a theme park dedicated to Finland’s most famous comic export: the Moomins. Both parks use life-sized exhibits and multimedia to create an experience that is great fun for fans of the comics, both young and old. The parks are also a great introduction to two popular fictional worlds for those who are unfamiliar with the comics.
Snoopy Garden is a venue dedicated to the characters of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, especially Snoopy, the loveable dog at the center of many of the adventures. For those unfamiliar, Peanuts was a strip that began in 1950 and continued for 50 years until the illustrator passed away in 2000. The comic is well-loved because Schulz created cartoons that reflected everyday life in a loveable and amusing way. The venue is situated on the east of Jeju and there is plenty of parking. It contains two main sections: Garden House, an indoor exhibition hall split into various rooms, and the Outdoor Garden, an outside area with eleven different themed parks. Fans of the show will see plenty they recognize in each section. Those less familiar with the characters will still find much to enjoy in the colorful exhibitions. Garden House begins with an introduction to the comic and the characters. The descriptions are written in Korean and English, making the displays accessible for anyone who can speak either of these languages. The walls of the museum are covered in some of the best comic strips from the 50 years of Peanut’s run. You could spend ages reading through all these comics and it’s instantly notable how timeless much of the content is. Towards the end of the Garden House section is the Peanuts Town area. This is a recreation of famous spots from the comic, including the theater that shows the characters in full animation. The outdoor garden is full of life-sized exhibits of the world of Peanuts and is a joy to explore. The huge recreation of Charlie Brown’s Baseball Park, complete with bleachers, is a highlight. As is Woodstock’s Big Nest, where a raised walkway lets you view the forest like a bird before ending in a recreation nest that kids can play in. The Beagle Scout Camp is a play area and a good place to let children run free. Nature lovers will find much to admire in the garden. It’s full of plants such as nutmeg trees, Japanese cedars, acorn trees, and camellia flowers.
Moomin Land Jeju is a venue dedicated to the Moomins, the central characters in a series of books and comics by Finnish Illustrator Tove Jansson. The books were written between 1945 and 1970, and the picture books between 1952 and 1993. The characters have also appeared in comics, a popular TV series, and even movies. The venue is the largest Moomin-themed space in Korea. It is an interactive exhibition space that showcases the history and lives of the Moomins. Fans of the characters will recognize the area instantly due to part of the building’s exterior being a replica of the famous blue Moomin House. The Moomins are known for their rambling and spontaneous adventures. And that’s the feeling of being in Moomin Land Jeju. Stroll around and let your imagination take you where it wants to go. The museum has plenty to keep you engaged. It starts with a display that details the history of writer Tove Jansson, explaining the background to the books and more about the characters. Want to know more about Snorkmaiden or The Hemulens? Then now’s your chance. Next is a recreation of the Moomin Village, complete with the Moomins’ famous blue house. It’s sure to be a place where you will take memorable photos. Other highlights include a theatre where you can rest your legs and watch the characters in action. The media art display has a continually moving and changing background that draws visitors into parts of the Moomin world not explored in the museum. If you want to try your hand at drawing, there’s space to do so. Or head to the roof, where you’ll get panoramic views out over the surrounding area. After your trip, head to the café where you can try one of the famous Moomin signature cakes. You can also try a latte decorated with a drawing of a Moomin character. There's also a small playground for kids to explore.
Address: 420 Byeongang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Business Hours: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (Last entry at 6 p.m.).
Admission: Adults KRW 15,000 / Youths KRW 14,000 / Children KRW 12,000
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