Museum Kimchikan: From Side Dish to a Notable Attraction
It would not be a top food museum for nothing.
- Koreans are serious about their kimchi.
- Museum Kimchikan will not only educate you about the country's staple; it will also give you a taste (literally) of their various types of kimchi and even teach you how to make them.
- The museum has been recognized by CNN as one of the top food museums in the world.
- It is an inexpensive attraction (₩5,000 or around ₱243 and $5 for adults) that is suitable for solo travelers, couples, friends, and families.
- Ideal length of tour: 45 minutes-1.5 hours
- For your convenience, booking links are provided below.
Also read: Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the City
Kimchi is Life
Kimchi is an institution. It's a staple food item in every Korean household. Koreans eat it at any time and day as it makes a perfect pairing for any dish.
But do Koreans actually eat kimchi everyday? Fair question. Why don't we hear the answer from Sibongtv 시봉tv in his video below:
At this point, it should be noted that there is a whole science and art behind making Kimchi, which is called Kimjang. It's a culinary method dating from way back, and it's something partaken by families, friends, and neighbors, as you might have seen in a couple of dramas.
Kimjang traditionally starts from sourcing fresh vegetables (includes cabbage, white radish, and spring onion, just to name the most common) and then seasoning them with salt, fish sauce, crushed pepper, and/or alcohol. Households will then follow their trusted fermentation technique, which is very crucial to achieve the right flavor and quality.
The process of making kimchi is included in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Image credit: Klook
To share the wonders of Kimchi and Kimjang to the world, Museum Kimchikan (formerly Kimchi Museum) was opened. The museum offers extensive and high-tech areas for learning and appreciation, which is guaranteed to deepen your understanding of Kimchi. Key features of the museum include:
- Audio-guided tours
- KBS documentary
- Scientist's Laboratory
- Exhibit Halls
- Kimchi Archive
- Digital games
- Kimjang Maru (Cooking Class!)
- Arts Experience Space
Individuals or small groups may visit Museum Kimchikan without prior reservation.
Make your own kimchi! You can reserve your "experience program" with the museum so you can get your hands on those cabbages. Offered classes include (may change without notice):
- Whole Cabbage Kimchi
- Learn how to make whole cabbage kimchi!
- Thursdays at 2:20-3pm (40 minutes)
- FEE: ₩20,000 or ₱972
- White Kimchi
- Make the essential side dish for winter
- Wednesdays at 2:20-3pm (40 minutes)
- FEE: ₩20,000 or ₱972
- Kimchi Gongbang
- Design your own bags using stamps of various ingredients (garlic, cabbage, chili pepper, etc.)
- Tuesdays-Sundays at 11-11:40am and 3-3:40pm
- FEE: ₩6,000 or ₱291
The beauty about booking an experience program is that you can brag about making your own kimchi and you get to bring it home!
For more details and instruction, read the TIPS! section below.
BOOK YOUR TOUR!
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To gain admission to Museum Kimchikan, you have two options:
OPTION 1: Buy a ticket for Museum Kimchikan
- PRICE: ₱243, if not discounted!
- Inclusive of admission to the museum
- Does not include any Kimchi-making Experience Program
OPTION 2: Get a Discover Seoul Pass
If you don't have a Klook account yet, you're in luck! You can get a discount if you sign up and book using my referral link. Click the button below to create an account!
- Did you know that Kimchi is said to be good for your health? Organic Facts states that incorporating Kimchi in one's diet may promote good digestion, regulate cholesterol, contribute to weight loss, and prevent infections. This does not come as a surprise since most pickled food items like Kimchi contain lactobacilli or the "healthy bacteria".
- Aside from learning, tasting, and making your kimchi, you can also wear a hanbok at Museum Kimchikan. (I know, it's like killing two birds with one stone.)
- If visiting with a large group (>19 pax), you must inform the museum ahead of time by emailing them.
- Experience Programs (make-your-own kimchi classes) are only offered to groups of at least five (5) members. The booking may be cancelled if the minimum number is not met on the actual date of class.
- Kimchi-making programs require reservation at least four (4) days before the visit. Schedules of classes may also be moved to suit the participants' itinerary, depending on availability. Coordinate your request with the museum.
- Experience Programs are available in English.
- For guided tours, a professional curator may be requested three (3) days ahead of time via email. The service is only offered to groups with at least ten (10) members. Time slots for the guided tours are 11am, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.
Schedule, Location, and Fees
35-4, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (4/F-6/F)
- By Subway (Line 1, Blue): Get off at exit No. 3 of Jonggak Station and turn around to the Kumkang Shoe Building. Go straight for about 200meters on the Insa-Dong street and then turn left.
- By Subway (Line 3, Orange): Get off at exit No. 6 of Anguk Station and walk for 300 meters on the Insa-Dong Street. Turn right.
- By Bus: Get off at exit No. 3 of Anguk Station, Woojungkuk Ro, and Jonggak Station.
- Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm
- Closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok holidays, and Christmas
Offline Admission Fees
It's free if you've purchased a Discover Seoul Pass. Otherwise, the regular fees as listed on the website are as follows (may subject to change):
- Adults (19 years old and above): ₩5,000 or ₱243 (₩4,000 for group)
- Teenagers (8-18 years old): ₩3,000 or ₱146 (₩2,000 for group)
- Children (below 8): ₩2,000 or ₱97 (₩1,000 for group)
The group must have at least 20 members to avail the group rate.
Ideal Length of Tour
45 min-1 hour, if without booking for any Experience Program
For reservations, inquiries, and questions, give Museum Kimchikan a call at 02-6002-6456 or email them at email@example.com.
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