Spirited away at the Studio Ghibli exhibit

Last weekend I finally got to check out something on my list for a while that I’d been saving for colder months: the Studio Ghibli exhibition in Seoul! For the uninitiated, Studio Ghibli is to Japan what Disney is to North America, with dozens of hugely successful films released in the past few decades. I adore each film I’ve seen so far, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and From Up on Poppy Hill.

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My friend Soozie and I paid a visit for your viewing pleasure (and, of course, our own). Although the exhibition is fairly small in size, it is in my opinion well worth the trip and the 15 000 won entrance fee!

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May all your bacon burn!

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My favourite! Totoro’s chest was rising and falling with his breaths.

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Every person viewing the exhibit received a circular white sticker, and the walls outside were covered in their artwork.

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If you’re curious in visiting for yourself, first book a plane ticket to Incheon airport 😉 The exhibit will stick around until March 1st!

The venue is located at I’Park mall, connected to Yongsan station. Finding the mall itself is easy enough. Within I’Park mall, Studio Ghibli signage is basically nonexistent, aside from one board set up that doesn’t even give proper directions. Take an escalator to the 6th floor and wander around til you eventually happen upon it (the mall is much bigger than expected!). The exhibit is located right next to one of the escalators, so if you happen to take that one on your way up your search will be easy indeed. Good luck! It’s worth the struggle to find it!

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Afterwards, Soozie and I had a meal at a little restaurant with massive windows and a view of the snowy, gloomy skies. It really was starting to look like Christmas!

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Blood sausage and rice soup (sundaegukbap). Korean food for life!

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