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Travel through underwater trenches in themed exhibit

▲ 'Imagine the Abyss' exhibition poster. (source: Korea National Maritime Museum)

 Explore the depths of your mind and the ocean in this new interactive exhibition. The Korea National Maritime Museum is holding an immersive media art exhibit "Imagine the Abyss," until Oct. 10.

 The exhibition is divided into four parts. The first theme, "Humanity Begins Diving," displays the remains and artist depictions of suspected Neolithic and medieval divers. Next, visitors can examine the schematics of a diving suit designed by Leonardo da Vinci and photos taken of and with  the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine in the "In the Deep Sea, Pushing the Limits" themed area.

 The exhibition's highlight is the third theme, "Nautilus 21, Take Us to the New World." Here, you can experience a 27-meter wide and four-meter long 3D rendered video that realistically embodies an imaginary undersea world. A video projection is part of an interactive, immersive exhibit that responds to motion. The last theme, "Toward the Deep and Dark Abyss," shows the latest underwater technology. First, visitors can learn about "Crabster," the world's first robot made for walking underwater, capable of venturing 6,000 meters under the sea. Then, they can check out a blueprint of an active underwater base.

 The exhibition is free, and reservations must be made in advance online ( Visitors can choose between four different sessions and the number of guests is limited to 200 per two-hour session.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 

Address: 45, Haeyang-ro 301beon-Gil, Yeongdo-gu