Category Archives: art and craft

At the discovery of the Manhwa “Korean-comics” culture in Bucheon

Only in Bucheon’s Korea Manhwa Museum! Explore the diversity and colors of Korean comics, enjoy a 4D adventure ride, get your little ones caricatured by real artists…

Korea Manhwa Museum, Bucheon

Located in Bucheon about 25km south-west from Downtown Seoul, the Korea Manhwa Museum (한국만화박물관) – formerly know as Gyujanggak Cartoon Museum –  is a 4-level multi-cultural venue dedicated to the Manhwa art and culture. You may easily also visit the nearby Aiins World Miniature Park on the same day trip.

The comics and cartoons art started in the early 1900’s in Korea but became widely popular only after the Japanese occupation ended in 1945. Dedicated libraries and comics-shops were offering a large array of manhwa, ranging from political satire to children stories through sci-fi and other genres. The history of manhwa and the variety of genres are very well displayed throughout the exhibition. More about the culture can be read from Korea Blog.

The museum is spacious and modern. In addition to the temporary and permanent exhibitions, it accommodates various services and facilities including a cafe, art-and-craft workshop, comics-only library, and more.

There is a nice little folk-village reenactment just besides the Korean Manhwa museum, which provided an enjoyable bonus to our visit.

Things we liked best:

  • Clean, fun and vividly cartoonesque restrooms – don’t miss them!
  • Interactive and very well-displayed art exhibitions, including models of villages in the old days, giant comics books and characters, multimedia screens
  • Creative corners providing manhwa-style drawing opportunities for all
  • Fun 4D experience (the usual 3D vision + impressive seat moves and air vents effects) for an extra 1,000 KRW per person
  • Seeing realtime works from caricaturists and getting the final piece of art back home

For additional information, you may consult the official Korea Manhwa Museum web page (korean only) or Visit Korea.

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00 ~ 18:00
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal, Chuseok

Admission: 5,000 KRW ; free under 3 years old
Family admission: 15,000 KRW for 2 adults + 2 children

How to get there: Samsan Gymnasium Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 5
The museum is just a 3 minute walk from the station.

Address:  529-2, Sang-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do 
경기도 부천시 원미구 길주로 1 (상동)

For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Korea Manhwa Museum, Bucheon


Mustoy Art Cafe! Have fun creating your own Muskky or Musppy

Do you know Muskky and Musppy? Meet them in Mustoy Cafe in Hongdae close to the Hongik University 😉

Mustoy Cafe, Hongdae Seoul

[Many thanks to Mustoy Cafe for supporting this review]

Mustoy Cafe is a wonderful, original and inspiring artistic spot well hidden in one of the small streets in Hongdae Area. You’ll find there two funny characters – the boy named Muskky (Mustoy + lucky) and the girl Musppy (Mustoy + happy).

If they look familiar to you don’t be surprised as both of them have been designed by the same artist who created the popular children’s cartoon character Pororo. They are in plain white ceramic and arrive in different sizes and shapes.

Pick up your favourite one or take the set and start to be creative! You’ll find everything you need in the cafe – cards for sketching, pencils, markers and if you need some inspiration, just have a look around you. Hundreds of decorated Mustoys are lining the walls making it a wonderful artistic collection.

Paul – the owner of the cafe is a TV commercial director and, as he knows many famous people, some fabulous Mustoys created by famous artists or actors are part of his collection.

Mustoy Cafe is a perfect place to bring your little artists or just to hang out there with your date or your friends and have some fun while being creative. As the characters are in ceramic and can break, this activity is recommended for kids starting from 7 years up.

When you are in Mustoy Cafe, you can choose from one of the options. You pick up your Mustoy, decorate it and bring it home or you decide to offer it to the Mustoy’s cafe collection 😉 For both options your drink is included in the price. If you don’t have time or inspiration, you can also just purchase one of the many take-out sets and bring them home or even order them on line @

Mustoy sets are as well very original gift ideas for your best friends!

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11:30am ~ 9:30pm (Closed on Monday)

1F Kaliope, 344-6, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si
Tel: 02-541-9374

For localisation go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families

How to get there: 
Hongdae Station, Line 2. Exit 9. Turn left and walk straight up through the neighbourhoods towards Hongik University. The cafe is at the top of the hill on the right, approximately 300 meters from the Subway exit.

Mustoy Cafe, Hongdae Seoul