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BK Plastic Surgery Museum

Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong, 1-2 (2nd floor)

BK 성형외과박물관 – 서울특별시 강남구 논현동 1-2 2층

(GPS: 37.516090, 127.020452)

Admission: free. Open 9am-7pm Monday-Thursday (until 9pm on Friday), 9am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-2pm on Sundays and holidays. More info at Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 3.20.45 PM Located on the second floor of a fifteen-story building dedicated to plastic surgery of all kinds, the ’museum’ is essentially an extension of the waiting room. Since the hospital serves international patients as well as locals, virtually every exhibit has more than enough English to go around. The dozens of panels lining the walls simultaneously inform and amuse. While they aim to explain how a given procedure is performed, some also show the ’ideal’ nose, or the ’ideal’ proportions one can have through the doctor’s skills, along with parts of jaws that have been cut off as part of their jaw reduction surgery. Later, it’s time for the breasts – silicone or saline? Whatever your gender, admit it – you’ve probably wanted to do a hands-on comparison, and this may be the easiest (or least creepy way) to do it. It’s far from an extensive look at the industry, but it’s an oddball site that’s lesser known – and within a few meters of a subway station.


Take line 3 of the subway system to Sinsa station, then take exit 2 to street level. Look right for the BK Hospital right by the exit. Walk in and to the elevator, or just take the stairs up to the second floor.

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