Who does not like chocolates! That is why Jeju created its own Chocolate Museum for all chocolate lovers. It is said that Jeju Chocolate Museum is the only one as far as we know in Asia.
You won't only see chocolates but also learn more about the process. Jeju Chocolate Museum is stuffed with exciting information, including how to cultivate, harvest, process, and market your chocolate products.
I didn't know that it is one of the TOP 10 chocolate museums in the whole wide world! The Museum is sweetly sitting in the south of Jeju Island in Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo City.
Here is the list of countries belonging to the top 10 world chocolate museums...
Jeju Cholocate Museum is proud to say that it attracts over 20 thousand chocolate lovers annually (except this year 2020, due to COVID-19)!
When you visit the Museum, you will find displays of various chocolate exhibits. Each exhibition is accompanied by its historical background. That's interesting!
One of the most exciting things you'll experience when you visit this Museum is the offer to learn everything about chocolates.
First, you can observe how the chocolates are being made. Salivating now?
Then you can actually buy chocolates made in this Museum. I know that each chocolate's taste varies depending on its ingredients, who made it, among other factors.
But I'm pretty sure that Jeju chocolates are great as I have tried them many times. Since mandarin oranges and other subtropical fruits are grown on this Island, you can find them as ingredients.
If you are interested, the Museum runs a year-round program called the "experience in chocolate-making for children." Yes, they have it, and you can bring your family as well, to learn how to make chocolates!
Most people's common thinking or understanding is that chocolate can make you gain weight, cause acne, cavities, and even raise your cholesterol and blood levels!
Fortunately, it is excellent news! According to the Jeju Chocolate Museum, the answer is...
No, no! Chocolates do not cause anything of the misinformations mentioned above! Good for me^^.
The museum building is structured in such a way that it looks like a castle, which is quite a usual picture I see. I guess, to attract children!
Jeju Chocolate Museum was built to resemble a castle. The builders used the local volcanic basalt rock on its exterior facade to make it a bit unique.
However, please don't make the mistake that it's made of chocolate when you see the building wall!
The displays include:
In addition, there are spaces and rooms for...
Such places provide the laboratory and kitchen where you can learn how to process the cacao and finally turn them into sweet (or sour-bitter dark chocolate) chocolates.
Learners will learn how to apply tested know-how on how to make one or make your own creation.
Upstairs Working Area
Upstairs is where the real thing happens. This is where professional creators produce their masterpieces.
The products being sold in the Museum are handmade. Yes, you can witness how they create them, but you will be watching only behind the glass wall to protect the chocolates from being contaminated.
You are allowed to take photos of the chocolates and the chocolatiers at work.
Entrance Fee: 4,000 KRW
Since the Museum is located in Seogwipo City, if you are coming from Jeju City (where the international airport is located), you need to take public transport to get there quickly.
Here's how you can get there...
From Seogwipo, take bus #300, keeping in mind the following time table: 6:15~21:23 (bus every 20 to 50 minutes). The bus at Pyeonghwarobeon operates from 6:00~21:25 (bus every 30 minutes to 2 hours).
From Dahomaeul Village (Jeju International Airport, 200 meters walk)
Take bus #887 and then get off at Musucheon. Then transfer to a bus for Pyeonghwarobeon. Get off at Boseong-ri and walk for around 30 meters to reach the Museum.
This ride takes around 70 minutes.
Also, in Seogwipo, take bus #887 that starts to operate from 7:11~21:29 (bus every 40 minutes to 1 hour). At Pyeonghwarobeon, the operating hours is 6:00~21:25 (bus every 30 minutes to 2 hours).
By Bus from Jeju International Airport
Coming out from Jeju International Airport, walk for around 195 meters to the bus stop and take bus #300.
Then get off at Weolseongmaeul Village 1. Listen to the announcement for every stop on the bus (in English, Chinese, Japanese).
Then transfer to Pyeonghwarobeon. Get off at Boseong-ri and alk for 30 meters to reach the Museum.
Thank you for reading this article. Enjoy your travels!