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Haslla Art World: IG-Worthy Museum In Gangneung

Many people imagine the summer sun and a white sand beach when they think of the coastal city of Gangneung. However, there is much more than that, and while Gangneung is a great vacation spot all year round in South Korea because there is always something to do. So, here is everything you need to know about Haslla Art World and how to organize a vacation to this amazing art destination on Korea’s east coast.

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Many people imagine the summer sun and a white sand beach when they think of the coastal city of Gangneung. However, there is much more than that, and while Gangneung is a great vacation spot all year round in South Korea because there is always something to do.

So, here is everything you need to know about Haslla Art World and how to organize a vacation to this amazing art destination on Korea’s east coast.

Inside The Museum

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The exhibition area on the first level is a bit of a jumble of objects, and we weren’t sure what to look at. However, if you turn around, you’re engulfed in a vibrant room with hanging mirrors and rainbows. Steps leading downstairs are located around the rainbow façade.

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The restaurant is on one side of the stairs, and a passageway leads to the floor’s paintings. Remember that weekends require reservations if you wish to enjoy the restaurant’s food. This floor has a massive pink, and red installation built out of ordinary red packing thread; that was one of my favourite things there.

However, if you follow it, you’ll also discover a secret cafe because it’s coiled around poles and through the walls. Returning the way you came, you’ll find an opening door revealing a stairway covered in vibrant yarn on every surface. Do it, whether you want to or not. Always carry it out.

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Down into another interior room, there were no windows in this room; therefore, it must be the basement. It’s a little bit smaller than the other floors, and as you wind your way around, you’ll find rooms stuffed with flowers and photo spots.

You’ll reach a dead end further down the hallways and have to turn around. When you turn around, a tunnel with brilliant lights is accessible through a hole in the wall. You never exactly know where you’re intended to walk in the museum, yet each chamber organically leads to another space or a tunnel.

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You emerge from the tunnel back into the light and land on a terrace that circles the museum’s exterior. You then follow the giant Pinocchio outside to the next area to explore.

Pinocchio Museum

When you first walk inside the Pinocchio Museum, you’ll see a room where you and your children can take part in a little art lesson. However, if you don’t think you have time to stay, you can still purchase small kits to take home. It’s a little unusual that there is a Pinocchio Museum.

Its enormous marionette collection starkly contrasts the rest of the museum’s collection. We weren’t very interested in these locations if that makes sense. Even though they claim it frequently varies, if you dislike marionettes, you probably don’t need to visit this area.

However, one unique feature of the marionette exhibit is that some are programmed to move automatically as you pass by or step on randomly positioned “footprints” on the ground.

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Children can try the following:

Pinocchio Marionette Kit and Constructing: 10,000 Won
Bird Mobile Marionette Kit and Constructing: 20,000 Won
Character Coloring Kit: 7,000 – 15,000 Won
Wood Character Painting Kit: 5,000 Won
Pop Up Book and Construction: 6,000 Won

Outdoor Sculpture Park

After navigating the vast museum’s maze of passageways and going up, down, around, and through them all, you finally emerge outside, where there is an outdoor cafe. Then you may believe that you are done. You might be. It is at this point that a decision must be made.

You can turn right to enter the outdoor sculpture park, which is located on a 33,000-pyeong hillside, or you can turn left to reach the exit. Sculptures are strewn everywhere on the hillside and along the sidewalks that pass through the woods. Don’t stop only because you can see the exit; you must see the outdoor art gallery.

Several interesting sights outside the sculpture park

Outside the sculpture park, the Haslla Art Museums offer several interesting sights:

Sundial Square

Cow Dung Gallery

There isn’t much to say other than that within are sculptures fashioned from cow dung by the artist Ok Young Choi. Everyone’s inner child would really enjoy this.

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Into The Head

The sculpture made of red and orange metal is designed to represent the brain. This path, which is also by Ok Young Choi, travels down to his art garden before returning you to the mountainside.

Where To Stay

The Haslla Art World is fantastic to explore, but staying there is much better. The hotel has a lovely garden as well as a restaurant and bar. Family-friendly accommodations are available, and there is of course a breathtaking ocean view.

You can make a reservation by visiting: museumhaslla.com/room

How To Get To Haslla Art World

Address: is 1441 Yulgok-ro in Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (1441).

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By Train: Travel to the coast quickly and conveniently by taking a train. Taking the train, which takes just over two hours, costs between W23,000 and W36,000 to get from Seoul Station to Jeongdongjin Station. You can take a quick taxi from there to Haslla, located just five minutes up the road. You could travel to Haslla, eat, and visit a nearby beach on a day trip from Seoul.

Basic Information And Admission Fee:

Adult 12,000 won → Adult 15,000 won
Youth 12,000 won → Youth 13,000 won
Children 11,000 won → Children 11,000 won
Babies 36 months and under are FREE

Discounted tickets: If you buy your tickets in advance, you can save money. Pre-purchased tickets also give you priority entry, and as there may occasionally be a large line to buy them

Viewing Time: Open: 9:00AM, Closing time: 18:00PM

Website: www.museumhaslla.com

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Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.

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