Seoul gives way to a unique listening experience as Music Complex Seoul provides audiophiles with a space to crate dig and kick back…along with a personal turntable to couple with a drink.
Housed on the fifth floor of the Anyoung Insadong Shopping Complex, this vinyl haven is adorned with retro and funky vibes that are scattered in red and black ID that doubles up as a listening bar and café.
Inside you’ll be able to discover music at all corners of the space, with over 20,000 LPs on the shelves across the walls to the crates on the ground.
It should be noted that this library of goodies has no sorting system for its vinyl madness — there are no set rules for where they are to be returned and everything seems to be blended. Apart from that, you’ll be able to find every genre in the book here from Eminem, Jackson 5, Mariya Takeuchi to Walt Disney’s Peter Pan.
There are over 50 seats that are either by the window, surrounded by a vast sea of comfy sofas to sink into or concaved into a private listening area. You can even play your picks over the café’s central sound system.
Once you’ve managed to uncover some hidden gems, you can take a seat at your very own table that’s furnished with Audio Technica or Shure gear that will provide you with the best listening experience.
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There are also multiple headphones in some areas so you’re able to share your musical finds with others sitting with you. So, whether you’re a lone ranger, on a date or with a couple of your friends, there’s a personalised space for you.
You’ll find that there is no entrance fee, however, you’ll need to order yourself a beverage which may be rather costly, according to NakdSeoul, coffee will cost you around USD10. There’s also a bar where you’ll be able to pick your poison if that’s more your flavour.
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Currently, there isn’t a time limit on how long you’re allowed to be in there and it can get pretty crowded even in the middle of the day on a weekday. Music Complex Seoul caters to audiophiles until midnight all year round; on weekdays, they open from 12pm and on weekends from 10am.
For more information, check out Music Complex Seoul on Instagram here.
Miki Kitasako is Mixmag Asia’s Social Media and Content Producer, follow her on LinkedIn.