South Korea’s Jeju Island is home to the Teddy Bear Museum and Teseum, a safari-themed display of teddy bears and other animals.
The museum and touch museum or Teseum are part of the Jungmun Tourism complex on the resort island.
South Korea manufactures many of the cuddly stuffed toys enjoyed by children (and some adults) around the world. Teddy bears are always popular in all sizes and colors. They are friends for children and sentimental souvenirs for adults.
Most Americans know that the teddy bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. The 26th president of the United States was a big game hunter who shot bears and other wild game. He returned from a Mississippi hunting trip without a bear was told that he could shoot a captive bear if he needed an animal to show for his hunting trip. He refused on the grounds that it was not sporting.
A cartoon of his excursion appeared in the Washington Post prompting Morris Michtom to create a stuffed animal and call it a teddy bear. Roosevelt approved and was actually delighted.
The Teddy Bear Museum shows many of the different sizes and shapes of this popular stuffed toy throughout the past century. Antique teddy bears made from mohair and other materials are on display. Early teddy bears were made from natural animal hair and fibers before non-allergic synthetic materials became the standard for stuffed toys.
This museum is open daily from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.
This is an indoor safari-themed park where children can touch stuffed animals in a jungle setting. This includes a teddy bear in a safari suit and other popular toys including a tiger, panther, and deer. The exhibits show animals in the Amazon jungle, an Aqua Zone with stuffed sea creatures, the Fairy Tale Land with a Teddy Castle, and a Band Zone with musical bears. Children can sit on a sofa with full size stuffed bears for friends or climb over a giant bear.
These are a few of the creative exhibits that will delight everyone. The Teseum is open December through April from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm and May through November from 8:30 am until 7:30 pm.
A visit to the Teddy Bear Museum and the Teseum should be included with your trip to South Korea.