Seoul Fun: Alive Museum Insa-dong, Dynamic Maze and Poopoo Land

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Seoul, Korea is a popular destination with Singaporeans. For those who have been to this buzzing metropolis more than once, where can you go for new experiences then? 

On my recent trip to the city, I decided to spend a day at Alive Museum Insa-dong, which is located in a quaint neighbourhood filled with modern art galleries and old tea houses that exude a creative and traditional charm.

Alive Museum

The museum houses the largest 3D exhibition in Korea, displaying over 100 fascinating artworks classified into trick art, parody paintings, art installations, digital media, and so much more.

Alive Museum has recently opened two new concepts – Dynamic Maze and Poopoo Land – to modernise the concept of art into something interactive and highly educational and to push the limits of your imagination.

Dynamic Maze

Dynamic maze

Dynamic maze

Are you up for an action-packed challenge? Dynamic Maze is not for the faint-hearted and is filled with 16 obstacles designed to be surpassed with some level of finesse, fitness and strategy.

Dynamic maze

The entrance to Dynamic Maze.

Visitors are advised to read the rules carefully before entering the maze; some useful tips include wearing pants as there is a good amount of physical activity required in the maze. You are also advised not to embark on this on an empty stomach as you do need energy to complete the assignments!

Visitors also have to leave their handphones, cameras and personal belongings in the lockers provided before entering the Dynamic Maze.

Dynamic Maze

Photo courtesy of Alive Museum.

Dynamic Maze

Dynamic Maze

You have to clear obstacles of varying levels placed in your way. Some of the easy ones involves solving simple mathematical problems and memory games. The slightly more challenging ones include raising your voice above 100 decibels in order to proceed to the next level to going through physical tests and fumbling your way around dark spider webs. One thing for sure – Dynamic Maze is guaranteed to make you work up a sweat!

Dynamic Maze

This was the place where I had some degree of difficulty climbing up and suffered a few falls and bruises.

Dynamic Maze

There was one particular section where I had some difficulty. The rollers were slippery and hard to climb up, even with the help of a rope. I attempted to climb up with my toes facing outwards and it was painful to have my toes “stucked” in between the rollers. The trick here is to climb up the rollers swiftly with your feet facing sideways.

Dynamic Maze

These are not real glass shards so you do not need to worry about stepping on them.

Visitors also have the option of pressing the SOS button to seek assistance where you will be led out through a staff entrance but that would also mean bypassing a few obstacles and missing out on the fun.

As I did not eat a lot for breakfast, I found myself completely exhausted after going through the maze and suffered a few knocks and bruises. Other than that, I did enjoy myself immensely and had a blast!

Alive Museum

Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze are located next to each other. Visitors can choose to buy a package for both attractions at a discounted rate.

Alive Museum is another type of fun altogether. It features exhibitions of trick art, object art and more. Trick art refers to a type of art, which comprises artworks that actively engage viewers through a three-dimentional experience. Object art refers to sculptures and installation art that reinvent the idea of “seeing is believing”.

Alive museum

Alive museumAlive museum

The best way to enjoy the Alive Museum is to take as many photographs as you like and look out for the photo points indicated to capture the best shot.

Alive museum

If you need someone to help you take photographs, you can approach one of the museum staff to help you.




The Black Wonderland is a fairly new exhibit in the Alive Museum where visitors can take beautiful, glow-in-the-dark photos with the fairy godmothers from Cinderella or be “frozen” like Elsa in Frozen.

Black Wonderland

Photo courtesy of Alive Museum Korea.

Alive museum

Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze | B1/F, Daeil Building, Insadong-gil 12, Jongno-gu, Seoul | Tel: 02-2034-0600

Operating hours: Daily from 9am to 8.30pm (Last admission: 7.30pm).

Admission Fees
• Alive Museum – 12,000 ₩ (Adult) // 10,000 ₩ (Child aged 3-12)
• Dynamic Maze – 12,000 ₩
• Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze Package – 18,000 ₩

Poopoo Land

Poopoo Land is located at Ssamzigil in Insa-dong (a five-minute walk from Alive Museum) and only recently opened on 19 February 2016.

poop shaped snack

We bought a poop-shaped red bean snack from a shop located near the entrance of Poopoo Land.

In this attraction, visitors can look forward to experience a fun-filled journey about different types of ‘poop’, a subject which every person on earth can understand.

Poopooland

Poopoo Land

At Poopoo Land, visitors can explore the “Experience of New Ideas” on the fourth floor, the “Secrets of Restrooms” on the third floor, and the “Poo Heaven” on the second floor.

The entire journey from the fourth floor down to the second floor simulate the entry of food through the gastrointestinal tract and its exit out of the body as waste.

Poopoo land

The most exciting part of Poopoo Land is taking the final steep slide down to the second floor as you exit the “gastrointestinal tract”.

The gift shop at the second floor sells quite a lot of creative poop-inspired souvenirs, candies and makeup sponges.

Poopoo land

Poopoo Land

Overall, it was a fulfilling and enjoyable three hours spent. For unique experiences beyond the usual shopping and feasting in Seoul, check out these three attractions on your next trip.

Poopoo Land | Tel: 02-2034-0600

Operating hours: Daily from 11am to 8pm (Last admission: 7pm).

Admission Fees
• 6000 ₩




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Vet Leow has an eye for details and loves trying out new restaurants and exploring new places. She is also a food, travel and lifestyle writer at misschocoholic.com. Do visit her instagram handle @vetleow where she shares more of her musings.

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Seoul Travel Guide: Ski Tour, Nami Island, Alive Museum Insadong, Dynamic Maze & Poopoo Land - Miss Chocoholic

  2. Hi

    May I know whether there is a need to make a booking/reservation beforehand for the Dynamic Maze & Alive Museum or is it possible to just go there and pay?

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