|A 1902 political cartoon in The|
Washington Post that spawned
the Teddy bear name.
Teddy Bear museum gallery is grouped into three sections: the History Hall, the Art Hall and the Project Exhibition Hall. After getting our entrance ticket, we headed straight upper gallery where we viewed teddy bears from various countries. In the History Hall, I witnessed the 100-year history of teddy bears including famous scenes, popular teddy bears of different eras, antique teddy bears, the Mona Lisa teddy bear and the teddy bears of Leonardo Da Vinci's “The Last Supper”. In the Art Hall, on display are the latest artworks of world’s famous designers and animation characters beloved by children. Also, how Teddy Bear got its name and fame are included. Some of the famous names - Aloysius, Archibald Ormsby-Gore, Berlino, Duffy the Disney Bear, Elvis Presley, Fozzie Bear, Grizzly Teddy, Lotso, Microsoft Bear, Misha, Nassur, Nev, Paddington Bear, Pooky, Pudsey Bear, Rilakkuma, Roosevelt Rupert Bear, Rupert (Family Guy), Smokey, Sooty Super Ted, Teddy (Mr. Bean), Teddy Ruxpin Uszatek, Mr Whoppit, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Yogi Bear
There is a section for the smallest Teddy Bear in the world at the size of 4.5mm. In the project exhibit hall teddy bears are grouped to suit the theme of each exhibition. At the museum garden, there are marvelous teddy bear sculptures and models. The garden decorated with various themes such as the Korean Black bear family and the magical pond is also a great site to behold. Here the imagination runs wild with a non other than Psy, a Gangnam style teddy bear. We have a great time taking pictures with this 'Psy' bear. All tourists posing for picture with it will strike the Gangnam style pose.
About close to the hour and right before our meeting time for lunch, we managed to steal a couple of minutes listening to Teddy Bear mimicking Elvis Presley crooning away. Frankly it was a little bit weird listening to the music while watching Teddy Bears in Elvis Presley's outfit dancing to the tune. Despite the hype as a tourist-must-see-place, actually there was nothing much in this museum, only Teddy Bears depicting some celebrities and events. I had expected more exhibitions so I was disappointed with what I saw. This I recommend for kids only.
Here are some pictures we took at Jeju-do Teddy Bear museum:
Location: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea.