Museum Kimchikan
Museum Kimchikan
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How can you go to Korea and not see this quirky museum dedicated to that quintessential Korea dish, kimchi. Learn about the history of this staple and the many ways it can be made. This museum is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
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Andreia
Cork, Ireland484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The Kimchikan Museum is where you can turn to for all of your kimchi learning needs.

It is the only Korean museum dedicated to kimchi history and to the process of kimchi making – kimjang (the annual autumn kimchi- making season, is a major event on the Korean social calendar), which was designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It also became one of the world's top 11 food museums in March 2015 when it got selected by CNN.

Kimchikan is located in Insadong near Ssamzigil and its located on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors of the Insa-dong Maru building.

The entrance fee is 5,000 won for adults, 3,000 won for students and 2,000 won for children (under 8yo). The audio guide is included in the price of the ticket.

You can only avail of the audio guide as long as you have your ID with you. You can also try the hanbok for free and wear it inside the museum if you wish to do so.

At the museum visitors will learn how kimchi is made, the various types that there are and its health benefits. The museum also has kimchi making classes for those who would like to learn how to do it themselves.

On the ground floor you have interactive activities and even a section where you can try hanbok and take photos. One of the walls is used as a screen for a kimchi documentary. You will also see lots of cookware used to make and store kimchi.

On the 4th floor you have a small gift shop and a coffee shop. You also have a section where you can watch a documentary about how Kimchi came to be.

On the 5th floor its the kimchi tasting. You will have to use your ticket to be able to enter. They also have recipes about how to make the type of kimchi you tasted. You just have to chose the one you liked the most.

The 6th floor is where you will find the kimchi classes. For a fee you can learn how to make kimchi and even take it with you. There is also a section where you can stamp your postcards with kimchi related stamps.

The museum is open from 10h to 18h (Last admission 17:30).

When you visit Korea, if you pay attention to the residential areas (rooftops or balconies for example) you will notice the earthenware pots. Its not a decorative item. Its where they keep their kimchi.

Kimchi Festivals:

If you visit Korea during the first week of November go visit their Kimchi Festival in Seoul. Or Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival during May, September and November.
Written 1 April 2018
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Woot
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I don’t understand why this place doesn’t have higher ratings.

Tucked away at the 4th floor of a hidden building in Insadong area, this Kimchi museum is in the vicinity of very chill artsy vibe.

I signed up for the Kimchi making class and it was really fun to make your own kimchi with the various ingredients such as plum sauce, garlic, ginger, anchovies sauce provided. You even get to bring your kimchi creation home!

The exhibits, though not very extensive, were obviously done with a lot of love and gives the visitor a comprehensive guide to Korea’s favourite export. I spent a very lovely afternoon there and wished I could have stayed longer. There is even a tasting room for us to taste kimchi!

Overall it was a very memorable experience for me, and I highly recommend anyone who visits Korea to go.
Written 21 November 2019
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Karyn W
Kansas City, MO1,597 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
This museum was in the Mall and easy walking distance from our hotel room at the Coex. Since it was so inexpensive we decided we would check it out. There were lots of displays and information about kimchi and it's history. How kimchi is healthy and how it's different in each part of the country. We learn what ingredients are found in different kimchis and near the end was a sampling area with about 7 different types.
It was a fast visit, under an hour, but I am still glad we visited this small museum devoted to kimchi.
Written 24 May 2015
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lisach
Seattle, WA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
i was really excited about going to the kimchi museum in seoul. i was ending a 2 week trip through SE asia, and knew that i couldn't handle going to any more temples or art museums. this is a very small place and won't take up much of your time, definitely less than 1 hr. it's located in the COEX mall (metro stop: samseong, look for the COEX mall exit) but is somewhat hard to find. i recommend going directly to one of the mall's info counters and asking where it is. alternatively, you could try asking about the location of the 7-11 convenience shop inside the mall. near there, there is a set of stairs - go down the stairs and go out the door to the left labeled exit 16. this will lead to some escalators - go down them (by now you will see the signs for the kimchi museum) and voila.

if you are a foodie, i would definitely try to stop here during your trip to seoul. the museum goes through the history of kimchi, has a zillion plastic models of different kimchi varieties, discusses the health benefits of kimchi, talks about pickled foods in other parts of the world, and best of all, has a small sampling room where you can try 8 different types of kimchi. sadly there is no gift shop, as i would have loved to get a t-shirt or something from here.
Written 17 January 2011
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Tibor
Budapest, Hungary12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Very nice place to explain history of traditional Korean cuisine I would never believe before how many kimchi kind of combination existing in Korea. If you like it try to find time and visit it
Written 31 December 2019
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cocoanutty
Scottsdale, AZ173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
My son is a lifelong devotee of Kimchi. We absolutely had to visit this museum. (Who would guess there would be a museum devoted exclusively to Kimchi? But there is in Seoul!) Very interesting with several activities for children to participate in. There is even a large kitchen where they offer Kimchi making courses for children and adults. So many displays and information throughout the museum about the history of this unique dish and also shows how it has impacted the world. Excellent visit for people who love Kimchi. And very enlightening for those of us who would rather not eat it but are accompanying our children who had this as their #1 attraction in Seoul!
Written 4 October 2018
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Brunetteabroad
New Zealand384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We had so much fun making Kimchi at the museum and the kids did too! They gave us an English translator and the instructions were clear and thorough. The kids were able to participate at only 6 years old and they provided kids sized aprons and gloves / cutting tools for them. Included in the price was our own container to take home our Kimchi. The facilities were clean and modern and we will defiantly do this again!
Written 23 July 2017
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Alexander S
Taipei, Taiwan54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
Kimchi is an integral part of Korean cuisine so having a chance to learn how to make it helps you understand the culture a little better. Plus, it's fun! I did the white cabbage kimchi class. All your ingredients are laid out when you arrive. First, you watch their chef make the kimchi and then you try for yourself. It's pretty easy but just remember you need to let them kimchi ferment in your fridge for a few days before you eat it! If possible, plan to do the class at the beginning of your trip so you can eat the kimchi you made. The staff was very helpful and spoke good English.
Written 24 September 2016
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Jacq2319
Dallas, TX104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Honestly, we happened upon the Kimchi Museum accidentally and we were freezing so decided to check it out to get out of the cold. It was very interesting to learn more about what many would consider to be the national dish of Korea, and we enjoyed the interactive displays and information. Signage at the museum said it's one of the world's top food museums, but like others have said, there isn't a ton to do and it won't take you long to go through it. An annoyance for me was the fact that there wasn't a coat check and they wouldn't let us leave our coats up front so we had to lug them around with us throughout the visit, which detracted from the experience.
Written 8 May 2016
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travellerelf
Singapore241 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Solo
The museum is quite small and took me about 15-20minutes to finish looking at the exhibits. You can find out about the history and different types of kimchi. There is also a tasting room for some common types of kimchi.

In my opinion it's not a must-go museum given its size and corresponding entrance fee.
Written 21 August 2014
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