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Big books jump off the page in exhibit for kids


Moon Gun-ho created this children’s labyrinth at Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center for “Goyang Wow Wow Children’s Book Playground,” which ends April 24. Provided by Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center

It can be difficult to get children to sit down and read. But an upcoming exhibition called “Goyang Wow Wow Children’s Book Playground” at Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center is sure to capture their attention with colorful displays and interactive video exhibits that encourage them to do just that.

The first floor displays floor-to-ceiling-sized pages from popular Korean children’s books. One of these recreates a scene from Baek Hee-na’s “Cloud Bread,” which brings to life in vibrant colors animal creatures and insect critters from the book. The book has topped best-seller lists since its release in 2004 and won Baek the Illustrator of the Year Award at the 2005 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Elsewhere on the first floor, book pages are also shown in video format and there are copies of the books scattered throughout the gallery for children to pick up and read.

The second floor is designed by installation artist Moon Gun-ho, who turned the gallery into a giant labyrinth made of corrugated paper. In addition to being visually interesting, the space offers plenty of space for children to explore as well as quiet corners for reading.

“The exhibition aims to teach children that reading books is a more than just a purely optical activity,” a press release about the exhibition said. “The information gained from reading books can be reanalyzed using various art forms, such as painting, handicrafts, readings or plays.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, the center has organized a series of activities.

Puppetry with Moon Gun-ho

Every Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., Moon Gun-ho teaches children and families how to make puppets and leads them through a puppet show. Admission is 10,000 won ($8.95).

Films and readings

Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., children can make their own movie, and every Wednesday at 3 p.m., actors read from popular children’s books and plays. Admission is 5,000 won for each event. Parables are read at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and the stories are read in English on Tuesdays.

Women from multiethnic families will read children’s books from their home countries at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Admission to these events is free.

Book exchange

During the exhibition, the arts center will hold a book exchange called the “Wow Book Market.” It will be held on March 12 and 26 and April 9 and 23. Admission is one book for donation or 1,000 won. For more, call (02) 336-1584~5.

The exhibit starts Friday and runs through April 24 at Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is 9,000 won for children and students and 7,000 won for adults. Call (031) 960-9730 or go to

By Lee Sun-min []
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