Asia’s Weirdest Museums that Are Totally Worth a Visit

Asia’s Weirdest Museums that Are Totally Worth a Visit

Japan’s Ramen Museum is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to weird museums in Asia.

We have all been to a boring museum at some point of time in our lives. But put yourself through the torture of looking at uninteresting exhibits? After all, there are so many museums in the region that will educate you on the most interesting and wacky topics (some of which you would never think anyone could make a museum out of). So the next time you travel in Asia, remember to pay a visit to one of these weird museums.

Teddy Bear Museum, Korea

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To look at something a little adorable, you can head down to a cuter museum; in this case, the teddy bear museum in Jeju Island! Visitors can learn a little about the history of teddy bears or just admire adorable teddy bears on display. There are also antique teddy bears from the past 100 years for visitors to view.

Siriraj Medical Museum, Thailand

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The Siriraj Medical Museum, also known as the museum of death, is a medical museum in Bangkok. The museum’s displays a range of exhibits, from babies who have died from fetal anomalies to the mummified bodies of criminals. While this museum is definitely not for the faint of heart among us (the museum’s displays are the stuff of nightmares for some), it definitely makes for a fascinating visit!

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum, Japan

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The Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum is located in Yokohoma. This museum spans three levels, with the basement housing a replica of the streets of Tokyo from the 1950s. Visitors to this museum can try out various kinds of ramen in shops which are branches of  famous ramen shops in Japan. After eating, visitors can either walk about the “streets of Tokyo” or they can head upstairs where there is a museum floor dedicated to the history of ramen.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, India

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The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was set up with the aims of educating the public about the history of the humble toilet and to educate Indian policymakers about the efforts made by historical figures to improve sanitation. Visitors to this museum can take a look at how toilets have changed throughout the ages.

Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malaysia

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The Museum of Enduring Beauty is an exhibit on the third floor of the People’s Museum in Malacca. As its name suggests, the Museum of Enduring Beauty is dedicated to creating awareness among visitors of the different standards of beauty across cultures. Some exhibits here also depict the pain that people put themselves through just to live up to the societal ideals of beauty. The beauty regimes put to display here include those related to neck stretching, lip stretching and foot binding.

The Sock Culture Museum, China

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Located in Beijing, the Sock Culture Museum in China is dedicated to – you guessed it – socks. In this museum, you can learn about the history of socks and how socks are made. And of course, you can get a greater insight into the sock trends in China.

Pattaya Museum of Bottle Art, Thailand

The Pattaya Museum of Bottle Art in Thailand is one of the more lighthearted museums on this list. Here, visitors can learn about how artists make the models in the bottles. Visitors can take a look at the museum’s collection of more than 300 bottles which contain models of many famous monuments and landmarks from around the world.

Meguro Parasitological Museum, Japan

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The Meguro Parasitological Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the study of parasites. With more than 300 specimens of parasites (don’t worry, they are dead) on display and explanations of the life cycle of parasites, this museum is not for visitors who are squeamish.

This concludes our list of the weirdest museums in Asia. Is there any museum in this list you would like to travel to? Tell us in the comments below.

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Yi Shao
Yi Shao

Yi Shao is constantly on the lookout for new adventures, which had led her from the mountains in Salzberg to the bustling night markets of Taiwan. While she is currently in Singapore finishing up her university education, she still seeks out the lesser known places in her hometown before she embarks on her next big adventure.


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