Dialogue in the Dark: Welcome to a New Sensation

Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree in America, once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Visual sensation dominates our lives in today’s world – every single thing is trying to catch our “eyes” with pungent visual images. When is the last time you closed your eyes and let yourself in the darkness (except when you go to bed)? You must think backward quite a long time to answer this question until you realize that there were only very limited moments in your life that you intentionally took a break from light.

In Pitch Darkness We Are Not Used to

“Dialogue in the Dark” is a journey into a new kind of intimacy with your five senses but only except for your sight. It is a very unique exhibition that a small group of visitors “travel” through pitch darkness for about a hundred minutes with the expert guide, called Road Master. Complete darkness is a concept most of us are not used to. In the world we are living in, light is everywhere; even after the sunset moon light and street lights get their way into our dark rooms through the window, and not to mention the day time. Thus, it may feel strange and uncomfortable to take a step into the darkness for a minute. Think that you see no difference whether your eyes are open or closed. Weird, right? I felt scared too at the very moment, but no worries. Human being adapt to environmental changes pretty quickly. In course of time, darkness does not bother you anymore, and you start to feel new sensation.

My Visit to Dialogue in the Dark: Feel with Heart

I visited Dialogue in the Dark on Thursday, the 27th of October. It was not an easy choice for me and my friend to decide to go to the exhibition, as the ticket price is pretty expensive. (The ticket price for adults is 30,000 Won and for teenagers 20,000 Won.) We were not sure if the 100-minute tour which costs as much as 30,000 won would be worthwhile. However, frugality never wins curiosity, so we decided to visit the exhibition. I might add, now that I have been there, I am a hundred percent certain that this tour is worth a visit for anybody even if it costs extra money.

Details about the Exhibition

The exhibition, Dialogue in the Dark, has enlightened more than 950 million people around the world at 160 cities in Europe, Asia and America for 28 years since its first opening in Germany in 1988. Dialogue in the Dark in Korea is located in the very peaceful street of Buk-Chon (북촌), Seoul. The exhibition requires fluent Korean for visitors as they have to follow Road Master’s lead. However, it is still okay even if your Korean is not good enough because English tours are also provided. The only thing is that making a reservation is a must for English tours. You can make reservations only through the phone: 02-313-9977. The exhibition opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, but closes on every Mondays. Note that admissions are at 15 minute intervals and only maximum 8 people can have a tour together at a time.

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How to Get to the Place

The formal address of the location is 1-29 Gahue-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 가회동 1-29). The easiest and cheapest way to get there from Hanyang University is to take a subway. By subway, it takes about 40 minutes and costs 1,250 won to get there. First, you take a subway line two to Euljiro sam-ga(을지로 3가) station. Then you transfer to a subway line three and get off at Anguk (안국) station. Third, take the gate 2 exit, and walk straight until you see the big building with letters “Dialogue in the Dark”. It takes only 5 to 10 minutes from Anguk (안국) station to the exhibition place. You can see the map below that shows a way to the exhibition in detail.

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Source: Naver Maps

 

Article by Ahran, a Junior in Business Administration

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