Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum

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Main entrance  of the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum in Seoul

Main entrance of the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum

The Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum is a museum located inside the COEX Mall that has everything kimchi, from its history to the many methods of making this popular fermented Korean dish.

The museum was first established in 1986 as a way to promote the history of kimchi both in Korea and internationally. In 1988, the museum was moved to its current location at the COEX Mall.

Today, over 100,000 people visit the museum each year. They hope to learn of the cultural importance, origin, and history of kimchi which is a spicy pickled cabbage dish made by fermenting salted cabbage with red pepper powder.

The museum is divided into three sections.

Different varieties of kimchi at the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum in Seoul

Different varieties of kimchi at the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum

Pots used to store and ferment kimchi at the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum in Seoul

Special pots used to store and ferment kimchi

The first section displays the history of kimchi in the Korean peninsula. The second section shows visitors how the dish is made and what type of nutritional benefits it has. Samples are also available for visitors who are curious as to what kimchi tastes like. A third section explains how geography, climate, and the time of the year affects the type kimchi made and consumed.

If you are in the area and are truly interested in kimchi and its history, then the museum is worth a stop. Otherwise, give it a skip.

One of the three permanent displays found at the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum

One of the three permanent displays found at the museum

Kimchi samples at the Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum in Seoul

Want to try kimchi? If so, you can try from a few different types

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Directions To Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum

  • The museum is located in the second basement level of the COEX Mall.

    Take Subway Line 2 to Samseong Station (Exit 6).

    The exit is connected to COEX Mall. Continue through the mall towards COEX Aquarium. Take the escalator, located the near ASEM Pharmacy, down to the second basement level.

Hours

  • Tuesday-Sunday : 10:00-18:00

    Closed on Mondays, December 25, and January 1.

Fees

  • Adults (20+) : 3,000
    Youth (8 - 19) : 2,000
    Children (7 and Under) : 1,000

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) of Pulmuone Kimchi Field Museum : 37.511509, 127.059427.
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