Welcome to week 248 (10/01/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Can you believe it!? We’re into a new month. The year seems like it is careening on a high speed chase. Sorry I am so late today, but very busy time in the new job, and that takes priority right now. By the way, I am loving my new position! This week I am taking you to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park in downtown Seoul.
Dongdaemun is famous for its shopping. There are a plethora of department stores that will keep anyone who has a yen for shopping busy for hours. However, the real fun beings after midnight, when clothing and other items are sold in open air markets on the street. That later it is, the better the bargain. However, we were not there for the shopping, but for the history and culture park. We were anxious to see the illuminated rose garden and Andy Warhol. We did manage to finally get to the rose garden, but missed Andy on the first visit. These photo are taken over a two week period, so some night shots and some day shots.
Walking into the park is like entering a space ship. I immediately thought Star Trek!
On our first visit the shoe company Vans was having a huge event, complete with a sneaker painting contest.
Lights and glitz surround the park. (Next time, I will take bring my tripod.)
The illuminated rose garden that we almost did not find. (Again, a tripod moment)
The reason for our second visit. This was the second to last day. Admission was 15,000W. That’s one of the things I love about the art scene in Seoul, admission prices are very affordable.
The venue was very well laid out, and I was pleasantly surprised at the magnitude of the exhibit. There were a fair number his still life pieces on view. His photo collages of various celebrities were there front and center (Marilyn Munroe, Mohammed Ali, Lana Turner, and several European Queens, to name but a view). There was also a time capsule, which included loads of correspondence and invitations to events. Andy was definitely a popular guy.
Koreans were snapping away like crazy. I only managed a couple of shots, and was told ‘no photography’). How could I resist his infamous soup cans.
I loved how the exhibit chronicled his life from boyhood until the time he died. I was amazed at all selfies he took over the years. I think we need to credit Andy Warhol with its invention!
There was even an adult zone, portraying the pornographic side of his life, and not really my cup of tea (to each is own!)
And there was Andy on the way out, saying goodbye. Creepy, eh?
You can also shop to you drop in the design market. Loads of cute, kitchy stuff on offer.
Of course, you can eat. We ended up at The Guarneri Taphouse for gourmet shrimp pizza, which was okay.
The star at the Taphouse was the grasshopper Canadian wheat beer! (and the very friendly staff)
Very easy to get to via the subway. Lines 2, 4 or 5 will take you right to the door. Look for exit 1. If you are interested in taking in an art show or other fun events, check out their website for what’s on.
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