Museums & Memorials
Seoul Animation Center
The Seoul Animation Center was established in May 1999 by the Seoul Business Agency with the aim of providing comprehensive support to Korea’s animation industry. It is home to the first movie theater in Korea exclusively devoted to animated films, a themed exhibition hall, an animation studio experience hall and the Cartoon Museum.
Seoul Animation Center
Seoul Animation Center
Take Pictures with Your Favorite Cartoon Characters
Large models of many popular cartoon characters can be found throughout the Seoul Animation Center. Outside the center, visitors will find a 3.5 meter-tall model of Robot Taekwon V, and characters from "Dooly the Baby Dinosaur", "Fly Super Board" and "Jang Geum's Dream". Inside visitors will find characters from the popular animated series "Pororo the Little Penguin" and "Pucca". Families are encouraged to pose with their favorite characters and take pictures.
Douner and Heedong of "Dooly the Baby Dinosaur"
3.5 meter-high statue of Robot Taekwon V
"Pororo" characters on display in the lobby
Bathroom in the theme of popular animation, "Jang Geum's Dream"
Animation Theater & Exhibition Hall
The Seoul Animation Center is comprised of two buildings, the central building and the Cartoon Museum. The central building is home to the Seoul AniCinema, Korea's first theater exclusively devoted to animated films. The theater screens some of Korea's top animated films including feature-length animated films and film festival entries. There is also an exhibition hall located next to the theater that showcases themed exhibitions and a 4D Experience Hall where visitors can enjoy a 3-4 minute 3D movie in addition to the 4D experience called "King Dome Rider." Children are also welcome to play in the Kid's World Playroom, an indoor playground that features a ball pit and slides.
4D Experience Hall "King Dome Rider"
"Kid's World" Playroom
Stop-Motion Animation Experience Program
The Character Experience Exhibition Hall is a place where visitors can directly experience the production principles of animation. In Exhibition Hall 1, visitors can create blue screen composites, try digital coloring on a touch screen, and play games that feature popular characters.
In Exhibition Hall 2, visitors can make their very own cartoon characters using colored clay. Visitors are also welcome to make stop-motion animated videos starring their clay characters.
Character Experience Exhibition Hall 1: Chroma-Key Motion Capture
Character Experience Exhibition Hall 1: Holographic Characters
Character Experience Exhibition Hall 2: Creating characters out of clay
Create stop-motion animation films using the clay character you've made
The Cartoon Museum
Connected to the Seoul Animation Center, the Cartoon Museum features a 2-story library fully dedicated to comic books and animated films. The first floor of the library houses over 40,000 comic books and other printed material related to animation, and the second floor of the library houses over 7,000 animated films, cartoon movies and other video material related to animation. There is also a mini-theater on the second floor that screens cartoon movies every weekend (everyday during school vacation).
The library is open to the public, free of charge. Visitors are only required to present a form of identification after which all materials in the library may be viewed freely. Elementary school students are only required to state their name and the name of their school, and foreigners may view materials without presenting any form of identification.
Cartoon Museum: 2F Video Library
Comfy Bean Bag Chairs
- 126,Soparo, Jung-gu, Seoul
- The Seoul Animation Center was established in May 1999 by the Seoul Business Agency with the aim of providing comprehensive support to Korea’s animation industry. It is home to the first movie theater in Korea exclusively devoted to animated films, a themed exhibition hall, an animation studio experience hall and the Cartoon Museum.
- Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mondays and on holidays
- Seoul AniCinema: Price varies according to movie
Stop-Motion Animation Experience: 2,000 won
4D Experience Hall: 2,000 won
- Every weekend, the Seoul Animation Center hosts an event in which visitors are offered a glimpse into the future of animation. Visitors get the chance to see up-and-coming cartoonists at work, and see characters drawn before their very eyes.
Date: Every weekend from April - October
Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
Fee: 5,000 won
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Article source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Tourism Division