Tim Burton Exhibition at DDP: Last Chance to See!

Tim Burton Exhibition “The World of Tim Burton” at Dongdaemun Design Plaza brings back memories of childhood dreams. It immerses you into the head of Burton by interacting with his creations.

Tim Burton

From famous movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, to his less famous short stories, like The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, Tim Burton’s Exhibition was one of the best attractions I visited in August. And honestly, a definite top on my “South Korea” list.

Many movies that I did not even know were Burton’s creations, I recognized. For example, I found out that Mars Attack! was one of Tim Burton’s films.

The Early Career of Tim Burton

Burton started creating stories very young. For those who know a little about his life, or went to the Exhibition, you can see that many famous artists inspired him.

At some point, Burton even sent a whole story script and illustrations to Disney Studios. Letters written by him and his answer from Disney are both displayed at the Plaza. I found it to be inspiring. Even after being rejected, Burton still worked his way through to be one of the biggest names in the industry. And, that even includes directing and creating for Disney later on.

The exhibition

At the exhibition, you can check out numerous early works, letters, and drawings from Burton. From initial sketches of his famous movies to models of the actual animations, you can check out all of his famous works. Everything from his early works to his most recent movies are on display.

One of my absolute favorite movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas. This exhibition brought back so many memories of watching the movie. It was amazing to see how the characters were first created and the development of the story.

One of the most interesting to see was that Burton had bursts of creativity. Many of his ideas were first drawn out on napkins whatever he was. The exhibition even shows napkins from hotels around the world. On some of the napkins were characters, that later on became a whole animation. Many of them though, never became a full story, staying as sketches.

However, it wasn’t just his famous works that impressed me. The exhibition was so complete! Ever his less known works were displayed. Even though I didn’t know it beforehand, I got curious to know more about a few stories after seeing them at the DDP.

One of the most memorable for me was The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. Dark and sad, this short story made me think about how Tim Burton’s creepy side, and I got to know more about other characters of his.

Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures inside the exhibition. But, they have many photos zones outside for memories, including one of his most famous works: Vincent. They also have a gift shop, where many things -from postcards to umbrellas. I bought a few items for myself so I can decorate my dorm when I go back home.


The exhibition for adults costs 20,000 Won and the whole place is full of interesting stuff to see. I honestly found it to be incredibly worth it. It was one of the best activities I have done so far in Seoul.

Dates and Times

The exhibition is going to be in Seoul at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza until September 12th and it is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Not only the exhibition was super complete, but Tim Burton himself also went to the plaza to sign panels and put some of the works up himself. This exhibition was artist approved and it is something that I definitely recommend if you want to spend a nice afternoon indoors in Seoul.

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🇧🇷 Dani Quintana

Hello ~~ I'm Dani, a Brazilian student living in the countryside of South Korea. I'm happy to be sharing any fun experience here and I hope to be helping other people to find exciting activities around SK!