Have you ever visited a wax museum filled with world-famous celebrities in Seoul? I went to the Grevin Seoul Museum, as soon as somebody told me I can meet celebrities from George Clooney to Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, to Psy, the Korean pop star of Gangnam Style fame.
What is Grevin Museum?
The history of the Grevin Museum dates back to the 19th century. Back then, most newspapers simply released the news without pictures. There was almost no way that the public was able to put a face to the celebrities of that time. At that time, Arthur Meyer, a founder of the daily newspaper “Le Gaulois,” came up with the idea and he asked Alfred Grévin, a cartoonist, sculptor, and designer of theatrical costumes, who had worked on the sketches for his newspapers, to lead wax mannequin projects. At last, the Grévin museum opened its doors on June 5, 1882.
The following year, Gabriel Thomas, a distinguished investor, joined in backing the Grévin. More than a century later, the museum continues to set records. It currently contains an exhibition of over 2000 wax figures and has had over six million visitors. Furthermore, it remains faithful to the spirit of its founding fathers: Arthur Meyer, Alfred Grévin, and Gabriel Thomas. Most importantly, it continues to allow the public to see celebrities in the news with their own eyes. For more info, check out their website.
Where is Grevin Museum?
Grevin Museum opened a fourth venue in Seoul in July of 2015. The first one opened in Paris, France in 1882, which was followed by Montreal, Canada in 2013 and Prague, Czech Republic in 2014. Grevin Museum Seoul is close to Exit 5 of City Hall Station or Exit 1-1 of Euljiro 1-ga Station. If you have a chance to visit Myeong-dong, don’t miss the Grevin Museum.
What to do at Grevin Museum Seoul
Here, we have listed three tips on how to enjoy the Grevin Museum to the fullest.
(1) Take pictures with your favorite stars.
All the figures in the Grevin Museum are very realistic. The skin, the color of the eyes, and the arrangement of the teeth are exactly the same as your favorite stars. You will imagine that the wax figures come to life when the museum closes. As a matter of fact, professionals in the fields of plastic art, prosthesis, and hair implants have cooperated for more than six months to complete just one wax figure.
(2) Join interactive games at the Museum
You know who he is. Yes, it is Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. Take a seat to join his quizzes.
Guess where the first hair-dryer was put on the market. Both Stella and NADOYO were incorrect. How would you answer, by the way?
In the “Air Force One” zone, you can see Elizabeth II; Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States; Ban Ki-Moon, the former UN Secretary General; and Donald Trump, the current President of the USA. You can also try manipulating at a flight deck.
(3) MD shop: Grevin
Boutique’s last zone will be the MD shop of the celebrities you met in the Museum, at the Grevin Boutique. You can buy various types of MDs here, so don’t miss it! Su Hyun Kim’s MDs can’t be varied this much, from cushions, postcards, even to badges.