The Teddy Bear Museum Gyeongju(테디베어박물관-경주) is a unique experience that will bring back your childhood memories. The museum uses thousands of the cutest teddy bears to illustrate the history of mankind, mainly focusing on the dinosaurs and Gyeongju
as the capital of the Silla Dynasty.
In the museum you will follow the professor Teddy Bear Monty and his family an their voyage through history. The professor designed a time machine, but bandits are chasing him to steal his invention. The teddy bears travel to the dinosaur era, the legend under the sea, the Silla Dynasty and many more.
Many famous Ocean legends are displayed on the Exploration of the Ocean Floor. Our favourite legend is the story of the Mermaid that fell in love at first sight with a human prince.
After visiting the dinosaurs and the Ocean legends it’s time to take the time machine to the Silla Era. Here we see miniatures of Gyeongju’s most famous historic sites. Namely Seokguram Grotto, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Anapji Pond and Bulguksa Temple
The museum has many old, beautiful teddy bears. The name teddy bear comes from the American President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. The story goes that the president went on a bear shooting trip, but after a long day, hadn’t managed to shoot a single bear. Out of pity one of the staff members caught a baby bear cub and attached it to a tree. But the President refused, he couldn’t shoot the baby bear.
The museum owns one of the oldest and most expensive teddy bears in the world. The Black Jack, a German bear made in 1912, sold for 37 million won. The other exciting parts of the museum are the 3D animated video and the bear art gallery. Where famous statues and paintings have bear faces.
Gyeongju’s teddy bear museum is located next to Bomun Lake. There is a big free parking next to the museum. Your visit will last for approximately 1,5h and is suitable for Adults and young children. You can take bus 10 from Gyeongju express terminal and get off at the Dream Center bus stop, it takes around 25 minutes from downtown and costs 1700 won per person.
Entrance fee to the Teddy Bear Museum Gyeongju: Individuals: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won Groups: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won People with disabilities: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won Seniors (ages 65 or more) 8,000 won
There are multiple Teddy Bear museums in Korea, namely in Gyeongju, Jeju and Seorak.
The official website can be found here.
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