When people conjure up thoughts of Korea, many people assume that Korea is all about its Kpop music and soju drinking lifestyle. However, the one reason why I enjoy living in Korea is because there is something for everyone. If you enjoy outdoor activities to nightlife partying, Korea has something for you. But one thing you must know is that Korea is a very trendy place. Top trends in 2015 included honey butter chips, multi-colored hair, and flavored soju. So for in 2016 one of the top new trends is the up and coming art scene and one the best displays of this at the D Museum. If you are interested in seeing funky and modern art exhibits, then you must visit this place while teaching in Korea.
Located in the wealthy area of Hannam-dong, Central Seoul, hidden amongst a luxury apartment complex is the D Museum. As my friend states “the D Museum is perfectly suited for taking selfie pictures”. Every few months, the exhibitions at the D Museum rotate and we were luckily enough to experience the “9 Lights in 9 Rooms - Spatial Illumination”.
Getting there was little bit difficult because you have to go up and down several hills and through an apartment complex to get there. If you plan on visiting the museum, it’s probably best to grab the address and jump into a taxi from the closest subway station. But since we didn’t know that, we walked about 15-20 minutes from Oksu Station and luckily we found a group of young people who were also walking towards the museum. Upon getting there, we waited in line for close to an hour. If you know Korean, the staff will play games with you while you wait and you can have a chance to win a free cup of coffee from the D Museum cafe.
Upon walking into the museum, you will quickly see that this building is sleek and modern. Not only that, you will see that many couples and groups of girls come here. Strangely enough, we were the only group of guys that had come in a group. I didn’t even care because this museum was really fun! I have been to a lot of museums in Korea, but this one was the best one by far. Make sure to bring an extra phone battery or a really nice camera with you. Also, you can download the D Museum app on your Android/iOS smart phone so that you can listen to explanations of the different exhibits.
The exhibits were created by 9 different artists from Europe, South America, and Australia. Furthermore, the exhibits are all interactive and are used to heighten your senses. One of my favorite rooms reminded me of Canadian singer Drake’s famous 2015 music video “Hotline Bling”. This room was created by Carlos Cruz-Diez and the room is used to stimulate your retinas because of the different multi-color rooms. I think we stayed in this room for over 20 minutes taking pictures.
Another room that was my favorite was entitled “Tundra”. This exhibit has won a variety of awards from different art groups in Europe and Asia. This room is covered in 1400 hexagonal tiles in an elongated cave. Lights flash from one end to the other while music vibrates your eardrums. The music is of the EDM nature and it was fun trying to take pictures with the lights streaming.
If you get a chance to come and visit Korea, I strongly suggest visiting the D Museum. I didn’t think I would enjoy myself as much as I did and I would go back again in a heartbeat. The admission price was only 8000 won and it was an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Grab a group of friends, a fully charged camera, and make sure that you are dressed well for all of the pictures you are going to take.
Marc has been living in Seoul and working at the ChungDahm Learning' s Gangdong Branch for 4 years now. He has worked his way up from being a teacher and to a faculty manager for that location. He majored in Finance and Marketing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas while working as a manager for a national bank. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking the numerous mountains around Seoul and biking along the massive Han River. To know more about him and his adventures living in Korea, follow Marc on Twitter @geonmakku and on Instagram @geonmakku.