Museum Kimchikan

35-4 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

When most people think of Korean cuisine, the first food that comes to mind is usually kimchi. In addition to being the country’s national dish, the spicy, fermented vegetable condiment has been shown to contain many health benefits. Learn even more about it at Museum Kimchikan, located in Insadong. Fun for children and adults alike, the museum features interactive exhibits about the history and process of making kimchi, culminating in a little tasting room with several varieties to sample. The small entrance fee includes an audio guide and complimentary hanboks (traditional Korean clothes) to wear inside the facility. If you plan to visit on a Wednesday or Thursday, secure advance reservations for a kimchi-making class.

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Say Kimchi!

In Korea, they don’t say cheese when taking a photo, they say kimchi. It’s considered the national food, and many people eat it as an accompaniment at every meal. Because of its popularity, there is an entire museum dedicated to this Korean staple food. Exhibits at the Kimchi Field Museum show how kimchi is made, explain the different types of kimchi, discuss the nutritional benefits of kimchi, and explore the history of kimchi in Korea and why it’s become an important cultural symbol. Visitors can even take a kimchi making class. A bonus, the museum is located in Insadong, a traditional Korean neighborhood where nearly every restaurant serves, you guessed it, kimchi. 35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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