27 March 2018

Studio Ghibli Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Whilst in Seoul I noticed there was a Studio Ghibli Exhibition happening in the Sejong Center and as a huge Ghibli and animation fan I had to go check it out. I absolutely loved my visit to The Ghibli Museum in Japan so I was happy to get the chance to go to a different Ghibli exhibition and learn even more about some of my all my favourite animated movies.

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Taking photos was prohibited in the first part of the exhibition but it was set up in a similar way to the Ghibli Museum in Japan showing Miyazaki's workplace, sketches and storyboards, I was surprised seeing some of the sketches on display as they just looked like random scribbles that didn't seem to represent anything so it was amazing to think how somehow these seemingly random ideas got turned into these beautiful movies which have touched so many hearts.

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Another part of the exhibition was a room full of all the different merchandise produced for the movies and it was honestly life goals! I had no idea there was so many beautiful things made for the movies although most of the things on display are limited edition and long since out of production it was nice to see how diverse and cute all their merchandise is. I always enjoy seeing peoples different collections especially toy collections. Of course this leads me onto the gift shop which was full of beautiful things to but unfortunately everything there was priced a lot higher than Japan and as much as I wanted to buy out the whole shop I decided to just get one special thing so picked up a little Catbus purse to commemorate my time there.

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

The second part of the exhibition (which allowed photography) showcased Miyazaki's love of flying and air-planes and featured models, sketches and the inspiration behind just some of the many aircraft that have been featured in the Ghibli movies including a spectacular airship from Nausicaa flying over the city which moved and lit up. Although I've watched all the Ghibli movies multiple times I honestly didn't realise before just how many of the Ghibli movies featured some sort of interesting aircraft or depiction flight, it's so inspiring and touching to see how Miyazaki's dreams of flying were reflected throughout his movies

Studio Ghibli Exhibition - Seoul - South Korea

I couldn't find out much about the exhibit prior to my visit, in fact I only managed to find one short post on a Korean website just stating the location and dates so I had absolutely no idea what to expect so needless to say when I turned the corner ready to exit the exhibition and saw a life sized Catbus you can actually play with I freaked out! One of the biggest disappointments I had whilst visiting The Ghibli Museum in Japan was not being able to play on the Catbus because it was only for kids so having this opportunity as an adult was like a life-long dream come true and I really felt like crying. Ghibli movies are so nostalgic to me and bring back that warm feeling of being a child so having this Catbus all to myself to play with was everything I've ever dreamed of more. Of course I took a million photos with it because this would probably be my one and only chance I get to meet the Catbus and I wanted to preserve the memories, in fact while I'm writing this I have the biggest smile on my face, even bigger than the one on the Catbus!

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