Teddy Bear Museum in Island Jeju

This is one interesting place where one can be a child again. I've never seen so many bears in such creative poses/costumes. The museum is divided into several sections: one focusing on art (and where you find bears ala "Mona Lisa" or even The Last Supper); another on historical events; and a third, tracing the evolution of the Teddy Bear from the early 1900s to the present.

Just some of the scenes I remember/recall: The Sinking of the Titanic; the Battle at Normandy and bears made up to look like the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jordan, and even Mother Teresa. There was a fashion show display where you had bears actually moving and modelling up and down a ramp to music and there was even a Korean wedding scene. Talk about interesting. There's also a museum shop where you can get all sorts of cute stuff: from stuffed bears (complete with outfits), to notebooks, to gift wrappers!

Oh and while we were there, my boss tried to get a "youth" ticket for us. An adult ticket costs 6,000 won per head (equivalent to about USD 6 or about P300+) while a youth ticket costs less, of course. When my boss asked the ticket lady if we could get youth tickets, the Korean lady just smiled and said: "Joke?"

Even with the difficulty in communicating in English from time to time - I suppose, our faces could not hide our true age. Shucks! Never mind - the heart remains forever young.

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[By Angelica Viloria | Thursday, July 15, 2004]

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