I headed for Pyoseon-myeon in Seogwipo which is home to Asia’s largest motorcycle museum since opening in July 2011.
The motorcycle in this photograph dates from 1939 and is called the Mottobanggang.
It forms part of the exhibits on show in Hall 1 which has motorcycles from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s.
Other exhibits include a VeloSolex, like the one Charlie Chaplin once rode, through to the Harley-Davidson which is every motorcyclists dream.
This photograph reveals an early Harley-Davidson model.
Even though you might not know a lot about motorcycles everyone knows about this infamous brand. So much so when tourists have finished looking around the whole museum they come back to admire the Harley a little bit longer.
The motorcycle here is the Honda CBR-125R.
It was one of the first 17 bought by the Korean Motorcycle Association back in the early 1980’s and was used to participate in competitions abroad.
At that time two-wheeled vehicles were prohibited for importation to Korea so the CBR’s were stashed safely in Japan.
30 years later we can finally appreciate one of the original batch here on Jeju Island.
Hall 2 is home to the Ural Sidecar which is from the Korean movie The Good, the Bad and the Weird.
You’ll also find a motorcycle from the KBS drama My too Perfect Sons.
There is a motorcycle on display once used by tough man “Rocksan” actor Choi Min-soo with ink and wash paintings on adjacent walls.
From the entrance to this hall there is some kind of strange feeling. The curtains shut out light and coupled with the colorful lights and music it feels like you’re actually at a motorcycle show.
It is in Hall 3 you get to meet the quirky high quality motorcycles.
You can discover the Korea’s excellent engineering skills with a hand-made motorcycle unique to the world at only this location.
According to the museum manager one visiting Chinese tourist wanted to buy all of the motorcycles from Hall 3. However their request was politely turned down. The manager reasoned that they should be enjoyed by all not just one.
Skipping on to Hall 5 we have a motorcycle used by the actor Won-bin in a commercial.
Japanese tourists love to touch this motorcycle and then their chests as if it brings them closer to the man.
Another motorcycle in Hall 5 is the Sky 72 Red Horse. By just looking at it you can feel a powerful force. A force that influenced no less than another 18 visiting Chinese tourists to leave their business cards in hope of purchasing the bike.
Is it a bicycle or a motorcycle? There’s something special about this 1950’s VeloSolex model made in France. First you have the luggage bags on the back.
In addition the motorcycle is front wheel drive making it a wonderfully strange, but slightly difficult riding experience.
Taking a trip outside the museum will bring you to a place for kids to test their driving skills. Obtaining a license will mean they get in free until graduating elementary school.
Address: Pyoseon-myeon, Sewha-ri, 847 , Seogwipo City, Jeju (Map: dmaps.kr/9tec)
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Admission: 9,000 won for adults, 7,000 won for youths and 6,000 won for children.
Web site: http://www.bikemuseum.co.kr
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