Museum Kimchikan
Museum Kimchikan
4
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
How can you go to Korea and not see this quirky museum dedicated to that quintessential Korea dish, kimchi. Learn about the history of this staple and the many ways it can be made. This museum is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Duration: < 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles79 reviews
Excellent
24
Very good
23
Average
25
Poor
5
Terrible
2

Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My expectations for this museum weren’t too high. I was expecting some quasi-museum where the main focus was to sell you kimchi. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this museum is legit and does a great job explaining everything relevant about kimchi.

Among other things, the museum explains the history of kimchi, how it differs from other fermented foods, the various types and the nutritional benefits. You also get 3 small samples of kimchi. I learned quite a bit - particularly about the various types.

The museum offers kimchi cooking classes - reservations recommended. The kitchen and classroom looked very professional.

I definitely consider this a hidden gem in Seoul and highly recommend.
Written 6 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

R K L
Seattle, WA3,719 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Museum Kimchikan was recommended by a Korean friend. Apparently, she was not aware that it had moved because it was actually a bit difficult to track down. But if you ask people in the general new area, they will graciously direct you. The modernized museum was very inexpensive to visit, clean and easy to navigate. We are actually not regular consumers or fans of kimchi but found the museum extremely informative and interesting. We even got to sample multiple flavors/varieties at the end of the tour. It was definitely worth the visit.
Written 11 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Patchie
New Jersey8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One of the most memorable museums in Seoul. It’s uniquely interactive, beautifully designed, and plain interesting. You can sign up ahead of time for their kimchi making classes which are held on the top floor of the building, or walk around and enjoy the art and ambiance. It’s a smaller museum – I took my time and spent 1 ½ hours there, while a friend sped through in under 30 minutes.

Tip: Google Maps, Naver, and Kakaomap have difficulty finding the museum. Once you’re in the general area in Insadong, look around: there’s a large street sign that points you in the right direction. The museum starts on the 4th floor and goes up to the 6th floor of a larger building complex.
Written 27 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

trvkaki
Singapore, Singapore844 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We went to this useful as part of our Discover Seoul Pass activities. If we will to pay for it, we think that it is still worth the money as this is an interesting place to spend an hour at and moreover, the museum charges a low fees to enter.
Written 14 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tibor
Budapest, Hungary12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Very nice place to explain history of traditional Korean cuisine I would never believe before how many kimchi kind of combination existing in Korea. If you like it try to find time and visit it
Written 31 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Woot
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I don’t understand why this place doesn’t have higher ratings.

Tucked away at the 4th floor of a hidden building in Insadong area, this Kimchi museum is in the vicinity of very chill artsy vibe.

I signed up for the Kimchi making class and it was really fun to make your own kimchi with the various ingredients such as plum sauce, garlic, ginger, anchovies sauce provided. You even get to bring your kimchi creation home!

The exhibits, though not very extensive, were obviously done with a lot of love and gives the visitor a comprehensive guide to Korea’s favourite export. I spent a very lovely afternoon there and wished I could have stayed longer. There is even a tasting room for us to taste kimchi!

Overall it was a very memorable experience for me, and I highly recommend anyone who visits Korea to go.
Written 21 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WestCoastIsBestCoast
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
If you're a kimchi fan or if you'd like to learn more about Korea's heritage. stop at this quaint museum. A better visit would've been taking a kimchi cooking class. Insadong has so many great shops, boutiques & snack vendors.
Written 14 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dawn S
Farmington, ME1,019 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
So... I knew I wanted to take my family here (for the love of Kimchi) however, did not schedule the visit in advance. The museum is about halfway along the main Insadong street on the fourth floor of "Insadong Maru" (several interesting little shops and some restaurants in this building). The museum is on three floors - elevator service is available. The first floor (4F) has an interesting exhibition, an interactive "Scientists Laboratory", and a little game where you can make kimchi virtually (children loved it).
The second floor (5F) was mostly books, media - videos and photos, and a small cafe that was closed. The third floor (6F) has UNESCO cultural heritage items - pretty interesting - an art area (winner for the 4yo) and a place for a cooking class (need to schedule ahead for this). Entry for adults is 5,000 won each, 8-18y 3,000, and 3-7y 2,000 won for individual entry (Tuesday - Sunday 1000-1800). In order to take part in the cooking or other interactive encounters you must schedule in advance. Overall the museum was fairly underwhelming, especially when there is so much to see in this city or even just in Insadong. The cooking class may have made it more worth the time. A little disappointed - I had more fun exploring grocery stores or local markets and can get the history in museums with more to offer.
Written 22 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rusdan Lee
Seoul, South Korea19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
There was literally nothing. Some picture of kimchi. Some kimchi tasting and interactive game.

We are excited for this visit however upon arrival everything change. There was no kimchi making class on the day of our visit.

We were given a ticket and thats it no explanatory on what to expect etc..

If you guys have free time and money to waste then please visit. If not dont bother. Better visit the Kimchi Academy in Myeong Dong.
Written 5 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

triplejay27
Wellington, New Zealand66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Finding out about koreas traditional food like kimchi. Well worth goin to this. Slightly difficult to find but its fun to adventure out. Like looking for a hidden treasure. Plus side you can taste different type of kimichi
Written 21 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 54
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Museum Kimchikan - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Seoul HotelsSeoul Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Seoul
All things to do in Seoul
Day Trips in Seoul
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire