This exhibit has been going on for awhile now, but I’Park Mall is currently hosting a Studio Ghibli exhibit featuring life-size displays of some of the famous movies from the iconic animation studio.
I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli. My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite films ever and I even wrote a paper in college on Spirited Away. You better believe I had to go!
Studio Ghibli is just as popular in Korea it seems. I had wanted to visit the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan but it’s so hard to get tickets that I never got the chance. So I was really excited to see this exhibit come to Seoul, that is close enough for me! Tickets were 15,000 and we had to queue for awhile since they only allow a certain amount of people in the exhibit at one time.
In the meantime, they had a lot of awesome stickers on the wall so I didn’t really feel the wait time. They didn’t have any for us to draw on but tons of people had already drew a lot of cool pictures with messages. I’m not really an artist anyway!
Going through the exhibits was magical, it was like a little world for each film. Almost everything was life sized. The first exhibit hits you right away with a huge replica of Howl’s Moving Castle. It was moving, making noises and really felt alive. I got to take tons of pictures since they allowed it.
The animated flower fields was one of the interactive areas. It wasn’t that exciting, but it was a good chance to get a selfie in!
The My Neighbor Totoro area was obviously one of the most popular areas. Everyone wanted to get a picture with Totoro at the bus stop with Satsuki and Mei. I’m obsessed with this movie and I think it is no coincidence that the best Studio Ghibli movie came out the year I was born. 😉 There was a tree area where you could peek through little holes and see little totoros sleeping and sitting inside. They were so adorable!
There was also some super cute Tanuki from Pom Poko.
The other popular exhibit was Spirited Away. The queue was crazy! There were so many parts to that area and it was definitely the most extravagant.
The no face display with the food was pretty disgusting but realistic. They really paid a lot of attention to that part of the exhibit and it really showed! It all looked so real.
Everyone wanted to take a picture with no face on the train and the queue was no joke. They had a staff member stationed in front of the display solely to take pictures of people sitting next to him. I’m talking multiple poses and all. It took awhile but the photo did turn out really cool!
There was a gift shop right when you leave the exhibit but everything was mostly super expensive. I bought a few 1,000 post cards and called it a day.
Want to visit?
Go to Yongsan Station. Enter the I’Park mall entrance. The exhibit is on the 6th floor. Don’t wait too long though, the exhibit ends on March 1st, 2015. You can see more info on the website.
Q: Do you like Studio Ghibli? What is your favorite movie?