Museum Kimchikan (뮤지엄김치간)
With over 100 known varieties, kimchi is ubiquitous in every corner of South Korea. Perhaps the best place to learn about the iconic dish – and all its variations – is Museum Kimchikan in Insadong. Here, visitors can learn about kimchi, its different forms, and its ingredients. They can also get an up-close, microscopic look at the lactic acid bacteria that helps make kimchi so healthy. In addition to the permanent exhibits on display, Museum Kimchikan holds kimchi tasting sessions and cooking classes where visitors can try their hand at preparing baek (white) kimchi and traditional tongbaechu kimchi. Audio guides in English, Japanese, and Chinese are available, while a guided tour of the museum by a docent are given at designated times. Online reservations can be made through the museum’s official website.