Teddy Bear Museum and Safari Park in South Korea

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. 

Teddy’s Origin

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.

The Teseum

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.

Antiquing: The Art of Exploring Antique Stores

Searching for the perfect addition to your home decor can be challenging and fun,

and antique shopping is one of the best ways to find a unique item. Antiquing, or the process of exploring antique stores to locate a treasure, can be done nearly anywhere, as most communities in the U.S. have at least one antique or thrift store where you can uncover cool old stuff.

People have almost always collected older items, but the current round of antiquing was kicked off by popular T.V. shows where buyers had their finds analyzed and valued.

You may choose to go antiquing in a group, and hit some of the more popular towns in your area where antique stores are clustered. Or, you may go out on your own to see what you can unearth. You don’t need any special resources to go antiquing, but having a smartphone and internet connection can open up more information about the items you’re looking at, including their age and approximate value.

What’s the Difference Between an Antique and a Collectible?

True antiques are at least 100 years old, and each item usually has some historical background that makes it more interesting. Alternatively, collectible or vintage items are less than a century old and often come from a specific era (think 1950s poodle skirts or 1960s character lunch boxes). Either an antique or a collectible can have great value, or be essentially worthless, depending on condition and whether there is a demand for the item.

Where Should You Go Antiquing?

Nearly every state has stores that sell antiques, but there are certain areas in the U.S. that are better known for antiquing. The Northeast and the upper Midwest have clusters of well-known stores, and there are also some cities in the south, like Clinton, Tenn., or Charleston, S.C., that offer a good antiquing experience. Typically, the parts of the country that are the oldest also yield the best antique items.

The best part about antiquing is the hunt. Along the way, you can find jewels in the rough as well as fun places in the towns where you’re surveying antique stores. Antique shopping can be enjoyed nearly any time of year and can be a fun experience to pass the time or bond with friends and family members.