Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seoul Animation Center

Established in May 1999, the Seoul Animation Center was created for the purpose of providing comprehensive support to Korea's animation industry. Home to the first movie theater in Korea exclusively devoted to animated films, the Seoul Animation Center also houses a themed exhibition hall, an animation studio experience hall, and the Cartoon Museum.

Picture Sites
Large models of popular cartoon characters can be seen inside and outside posed and ready for a picture with visitor. A 3.5 meter tall model of Robot Taekwon V looms outside, and characters from "Dooly the baby Dinosaur", "Fly Super Board" and "Jang Geum's Dream" are also eagerly waiting to be included in family pictures. Inside, visitors can find characters from "Pororo the Little Penguin" and "Pucca". Pose and take memorable photos with your favorite animated characters.

The Animation Theater & Exhibition Hall
The Seoul Animation Center is comprised of 2 buildings, the central building and the Cartoon Museum. Within the central building, the Animation Theater runs some of Korea's top animated films, including feature-length animated films and film festival entries. Next to the theater lies the exhibition hall. The exhibition hall showcases themed exhibitions and a 4D Experience Hall. Visitors can enjoy a 3~4min 3D movie in addition to the 4D experience of "King Dome Rider". The exhibition hall also comes equipped with an indoor playground "the Kid's World Playroom".

Stop-Motion Animation Experience Program
Produce your own animation at the Character Exhibition Hall. Create blue screen composites, digital coloring on a touch screen, and play games that feature popular characters in Exhibition Hall 1. In Exhibition Hall 2, you can experience creating your own cartoon characters using colored clay and produce your very own stop-motion animated videos starring your very own characters!

The Cartoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum features a 2-story library fully dedicated to comic books and animated films. The library is open to the public free of charge! Visitors are only required to present a form of identification in which the library may be freely viewed.

8-145 Yejang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway: Line 4 Myeong-dong Stn, Exit 1 (7min walk towards Namsan Park)
Bus: Yellow Bus 02 (Seoul Animation Center/Soongeui Women's college)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday~Sunday 9am~6pm
(closed mondays and holidays)
Seoul AniCinema: varies according to movie
Stop-Motion Animated Experience: 2,000won
4D Experience Hall: 2,000won

Source: VisitSeoul

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