Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Jeju, Korea is the 32nd Ripley’s Museum in the world. The only one in South Korea, it boasts interesting artifacts, unbelievable facts and pictures, and many rare items collected by Robert Ripley through his adventures.
This quirky museum is located in Jungmun Resort, near several other tourist attractions.
Address: 32, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로110번길 32 (색달동))
Direction by bus: You can take the Limousine Bus 600 from the Jeju International Airport and get off at the Jungmun Resort. It takes 4,500won and about 50 minutes. You can also go to the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and take bus 702 to Jungmun Resort. The cost and time is similar.
General admission is 10,000won, but Jeju residents get a 3,000won discount.
Hours of operation: 9:00-19:00 (9:00 – 21:00 from July 21-August 30)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has 12 galleries and an outdoor area. Each gallery has a different theme, but all are interesting and full of fun facts about places, culture, and people that you wouldn’t believe exist. Ripley’s photo gallery includes a lot of people who hold unusual Guinness World Records, like the man with the longest fingernails.
Ripley also liked to collect unusual and precious items. This car below is covered with 24K gold-plated coins.
Did you know that the myth of vampires were so prevalent that they actually sold vampire kits in the 1850s?
There is a whole gallery on cool pieces of art, like these models made completely from matchsticks.
Even his collection of paintings are unusual! This painting is created from many pieces of junkmail. There are other “paintings” created from toasted bread and dryer lint.
If you like both Elvis Presley and chocolate, then this creation is for you! This portrait of Elvis is entirely made from M & M chocolate pieces. Sweet, isn’t it? ^_^
Art comes in all form, as you can see in this wedding dress made from toilet paper. It was part of the Charming Contest.
Not only can you see interesting articles from around the world, you can also learn so much about other cultures and history. These tribal masks are scary looking, but they represent a very interesting belief.
History buff will especially enjoy this Heart-to-Heart gallery that displays a genuine piece of the Berlin Wall.
There is even a “dungeon” that has torture equipment from the medieval ages. This might make for a fun photo opportunity!
The fun is not contained to just inside the museum. If you go to the Secret Garden gallery, you can see this giant redwood tree stump and a couple of other statues made from unique materials.
One of my favorite parts of the museum is the collection of cartoons and stories that Ripley published that are scattered throughout the galleries. Here you can find tidbits of fun facts about Korea. The cartoons are translated in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
There is so much to see at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. The displays are very quirky and interesting, making it fun to learn new things. This is a great place to take young children so they can learn without even realizing it. ^_^ If you’re in Jungmun, make this a part of your museum adventure!
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