Camera Museum in Gwacheon near Seoul

I had visited Seoul Grand Park (which is actually not in Seoul, but in nearby Gwacheon) and I wanted to go to the art museum afterwards – unfortunately the shuttle bus service was interrupted. Good thing that there was a newly opened camera museum to keep me entertained.

Camera history is fascinating. Many of these older cameras are well built, sturdy pieces of technology. Of course it’s not a museum for small 110 film cameras or cheap Russian and Chinese cameras such as the Lomo LC-A.

Fascinated by the recent Fujifilm 3D camera, I was surprised how many 3D cameras were made, like the Kodak Stereo Camera above. The museum isn’t a hands-on museum, although there were a couple of cameras in the underground floor.There are no English descriptions of the items, although the technical specs can be easily understood.

The oldest exhibits were from mid-19th century. I have no idea if photographing is allowed inside the museum. The museum was understaffed at that time and the only other visitors were taking photos too – not in front of the museum staff, of course.

The camera museum is located next to Seoul Grand Park Station on line number 4.

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

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