Museum Kimchikan (뮤지엄김치간)


35-4, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul


• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

• For more info: +82-2-6002-6456,

Operating Hours

(Last admission 17:30)


Mondays, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day), Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), Christmas, New Year's Day (January 1)

Length of Tour

20-30 min


Since its foundation in 1986, the museum has displayed historical relics related to kimchi, different types of kimchi, mock-ups of the kimchi-making process, and information about the efficacy derived from the kimchi fermentation process. The museum now has changed its name to Kimchikan and has relocated to Insa-dong, a center of hallyu. Kimchikan aims to provide visitors with fun hands-on activities and a variety of information on kimchi.

Visitors will learn about the origin and history of kimchi through historical books, paintings, and writings. Various types of kimchi containers, along with traditional kitchen utensils that were used to prepare it, will also be introduced. Various models show specific types of kimchi that were developed in regions all over Korea.

Exhibition Hall Information

* History of Kimchi

This place presents the work of Kim Yeong-hun, an installation artist, featuring the image of kimchi. Here, you may learn the origin and the history of kimchi through figures of kimchi, ancient books, writing & paintings, and earthenware displayed according
to era.

* Types of Kimchi

Here, you can learn about the different types of kimchi our ancestors enjoyed according
to each season and region. You can also see the kimchi that was enjoyed at the Royal Palace and temples.

* How to make and store kimchi

You can learn the main ingredients of kimchi and even smell it.

* Nutritional benefits of kimchi

Learn more about kimchi by watching video clips on how we digest kimchi and what health/nutritional benefits kimchi has.

Admission / Participation Fees

Adults (ages 17 and over) 5,000 won / Groups 4,000 won
Children and teens (ages 8-17) 3,000 won / Groups
2,000 won
Children (ages 6 & below ) 2,000 won /  Groups 1,000

* Groups: 20 or more people.

* Infants (age 3 & below) and Seniors (ages 65 & over) may enter free of charge.

Parking Facilities

Not available (Use nearby parking lot)


Reservation is required for groups of over 20 people.

Maximum: 80 people per entry

For groups with 80 people or more, phone inquiry required.

* Inquiries: +82-2-6002-6456 or

Foreign Language Intepretation Services

Available in English and Japanese

Exhibition guide leaflets (English, Japanese, Chinese)

(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)