Had no expectations of the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum, but while there, found the visit rather pleasant and enjoyable. The entrance fee is KRW 3000 (USD2.70) and takes less than an hour for a proper viewing. There were not many visitors, and the exhibits were viewed at own pace and leisure. Staff also allow guests to take photos.
The history, production and the types of kimchi are presented, with a good balance of kimchi artifacts and written displays. Some posters are text-y but they are interesting enough to read and one will definitely come away remembering some kimchi trivia after visiting. Enjoyed seeing the different mock-kimchi for different seasons, that there's kimchi for royalty and the elderly. Kimchi is also compared with fermented food items from other countries. At the end of the museum there is a kimchi tasting room, the samples are limited but it was fun trying the kimchi available here.
The best way to learn about kimchi is probably to eat as much of it as possible, but personally, visiting the museum gave a broader perspective and enhanced appreciation for this ubiquitous South Korean food item. While there are other attractions in Seoul that are more worthy of touristic attention, the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum is worth seeking out if in the Coex Mall. Likely, kimchi is also featured in the National Folk Museum, however was not able to visit this other museum to compare.
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