With the gigantic rubber ducky having said goodbye to Seoul for quite a while now, the city has been a bit lonely without any animals made by artist these days. Luckily though, Seoul will be home to 1600 paper mache pandas, as a campaign to raise awareness on how many actual pandas are left in the wild. You have until the end of July to see them! You can click here to check out the main site.
Simply head out of exit 2 Jamsil Station (잠실역) and head south, make a left before the lake, and you’ll see it towards the left near the lawn area.
I was a bit bummed out to find out about this exhibition only until much later, when they weren’t being displayed in more interesting locations throughout Seoul. But hey, at least I got to check it out!
I ended up getting there pretty early. The workers were busy taking all the pandas out from their “cages” and putting them on display.
They did have a couple of pop-up stores that sold merchandise, including stuffed animals. There is actually an adoption event to win one of the paper mache pandas that ends on the 14th as well. The proceeds will be used for the organization.
Overall, it was quite a nice event. It’s always fun to see cute art displays that bring a lot of people together. While this “pandamic” will eventually pass, we can always hope that there will be similar events in the near future for us to enjoy!