* This post is written by Kimberly Hiller, one of the Korea Blog’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers
Though the 63 Building now stands in Seoul among buildings similar in height, it use to be one of the tallest buildings in Asia. If you ask a Korean what you should visit during your stay here it will be on the top three places to see. It looks normal on the outside as if it was just another office building. However, what’s inside brings many tourists from all over. The three floors below the main level house the most activities of a wax museum, aquarium, and I-MAX theater. On the top of the building houses a sky art collection which is claimed to be the highest art gallery in the world. We thought we would spend just an hour in this building, and wound up staying for over four hours. It’s a great way to spend part of your day, and be able to dine in one of the fusion, Korean, or fast food restaurants.
It Kind of Looks Like It’s Staring at Me!
Having never been to a wax museum, I really enjoyed this floor since there were many wax figures of famous people like Bach, Mozart, Jesus, and even Barrack Obama (Korean’s really like him). They were in various poses so you can try to figure out a pose that best fit for a great photo. The wax figures did look very lifelike except you could tell by looking at their hands. There was a haunted house that you could go through to see a lot of wax monsters, and a room of famous people on currency.
Can I Pet You?
This aquarium was similar to other aquarium’s you have probably been to except that you are allowed to “pet” some of the fish. None of the fish came up to us to pet, but they had Dr. Fish’s there which are fishes that love eating dead skin (yummy!). There were different types of shows going on with otter’s and seals.
The Big Screen
The I-MAX plays movies that have art and history content. Honestly, there wasn’t a lot of 3D type of images coming out of the movie we saw. The movie currently playing was about ancient Egypt and the discovery of an ancient king’s tomb. We didn’t even know it was a documentary until we went in. They do you give you earphones and a radio device to listen to the movie in English. It took about an hour to watch this movie.
The View of Art and Seoul
Taking the special elevator from the basement (you will see a sign that says “Sky Art”), you are sent up to the 60th floor to not only see the view of Seoul, but of various pieces of artwork. The exhibit we saw was of Picasso and some of his sketches and sculptures. There is a place you can sit with reflecting mirrors so it appears there is no floor below you (which is a great place to take distorted pictures). It’s a great floor to walk around and take in the view of Seoul (no matter day or night), and see some famous artwork (or just pretend you’re one).
Tips for Traveler’s
The prices depend upon how many things you want to see, and if you’re a senior citizen or a child. I paid 34,000won to see it all, but you can go and do a single exhibit for less.
On the Seoul Subway
- Take Line 1 (Daebang Station) There is a free shuttle from Exit number 6 toward (Yeoido Urban bus number 62) before Exit number 6.
- Take Line 5 (Yeoinaru Station) There is a free shuttle across the front of Sambu APT, 80 m away from Exit number 1.
- Take Line 5 (Yeoido Station) There is a free shuttle across the front of Sambu AP, 80m away from Exit number 1, (Urban bus number 62) before exit number 5.
Worst case scenario there are cabs always running around in Seoul and in front of the building.
* The original piece can be read at http://www.squidoo.com/63building