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Seoul: Animation & Comics

Ottie and I headed for the Seoul Animation Center one morning. This day trip was by far one of the most exciting for me. I haven’t been practising animation in forever, but three years of studying the craft has definitely left an impression. It was incredibly cold, but we braved the winds to take some pictures with the colourful cartoon characters outside the complex:

Seoul Animation Center, South Korea.

Posing with Red and Yellow sculptures at Seoul Animation Center, South Korea.With Red & Yellow from Larva.

Posing with giant robot sculpture at Seoul Animation Center, South Korea.A 3.5 meter-high statue of Robot Taekwon V.

Sadly, Seoul Animation Center was closed for a private event when we went. On the bright side, staff had put up a sign directing disappointed patrons to Zaemiro (Seoul Comics Road), a small little artsy area a 5-minute walk away. It was the best treasure trove of murals and cute that we discovered! I do not regret a thing.

Road signs pointing to Seoul Animation Center and Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road in South Korea.

Four street cats on a roadside in Seoul, South Korea.

Look at all the awesome cartoon murals!

Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Mural at Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Cute mural at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Robot mural on a shop facade at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Pop culture mural featuring No Face (Spirited Away), Ponyo, Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time, Pikachu muscleman at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Selfie with Pop culture mural featuring No Face (Spirited Away), Ponyo, Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time, Pikachu muscleman at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.My favourite piece for all the references from Studio Ghibli & Nickelodeon. ♥

Mural at Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Mural at Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Mural at Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Mural at Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

We even found some really great pizza in the area. Restaurant DUGU was a gem within a gem:

Restaurant DUGU, Seoul South Korea.

Restaurant DUGU, Seoul South Korea.

Seating area at Restaurant DUGU, Seoul South Korea.

Wood fired pizza oven at Restaurant DUGU, Seoul South Korea.Wood-fired pizza is the best.

Pizza at Restaurant DUGU, Seoul South Korea.Om nom nom.

Little Ani Center was a small area for families to create and film their own stop motion characters. It was so cool! I loved how immersive the experience was for young kids… very inspiring. Ottie and I took a look around the workshop but didn’t want to spend hours stuck in there. The fee for participating was pretty nominal if I remember correctly? Definitely worth a chance if one has the time.

Little Ani Center down Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Little Ani Center down Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.That’s the workshop in red at the top left corner.

Inside of Little Ani Center in Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Little Ani Center in Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.Sculpting tools and instructions.

Little Ani Center in Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Little Ani Center in Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.Very cute sets for filming!

Finally, we dropped by Zaemirang (Seoul Comics Space) which to our surprise was completely free to enter and which housed a few cool exhibitions and a pretty amazing library of comics (or Manhwa, as they call them in Korea) on the 4th floor.

Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Gift shop at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

We chilled for a long time at the top floor despite not being able to read a single comic book. It was mostly to escape the cold, quite frankly.

-4 degrees celcius in winter in Seoul.It was -4°C outside! Brrrr.

Comics Manhwa library at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Bookshelf in the library at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Pool teacher manhwa at a library at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.So it looks like there’s this Manhwa about a form teacher who’s a huge swimming nerd???

Cute calendar and plant on a reading desk at the library in Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Drawings on the whiteboard at the library in Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.I drew some stuff.

Rooftop at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Namsan Tower from Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.Namsan Tower in the background.

Ottie at the rooftop of Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Staircase at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Community Room where artists work at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Art exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Art exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Art exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Couple selfie at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Outfit photo at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea. Featuring pink leather jacket from Viparo, striped dress and oversized cardigan from Zara, mustard yellow tights from Uniqlo, McQ x Puma high top sneakers.

Art exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Art exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Outfit photo at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea. Featuring pink leather jacket from Viparo, striped dress and oversized cardigan from Zara, mustard yellow tights from Uniqlo, McQ x Puma high top sneakers.

Couldn’t resist an outfit opportunity with my pink leather jacket! Look, I even match the exhibit behind me.

The basement featured works from Won Soo Yeon of Full House fame.

Won Soo Yeon exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Won Soo Yeon exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Won Soo Yeon artbook at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.I RECOGNISE THIS PAGE OMG. *fangirl moment* Colour page from Let Dai.

At the Won Soo Yeon exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Exhibition at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

Textile activity at Seoul Comics Space Zaemirang at Zaemiro Seoul Comics Road, South Korea.

It was a great day.

OUTFIT
Leather jacket c/o Viparo
Top from Zara
Tights from Uniqlo
Sneakers from McQ x Puma

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.

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