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Seoul Street Art is dominated by whimsical sculpture throughout the city. Welcome to week 334 (6/29/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Today I want to introduce you to some of my favourite Seoul Street Art. Enjoy the tour.
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I travel through Hangangjin Station (Line 6) every work day, and I often get off at this subway station to do a bit of shopping on my way home and to admire some of the Seoul street art. If you are ever in Seoul and want to see these pieces yourself, walk out of the station and head up the road towards Itaewon. It doesn’t matter which side of the street you’re on. Art will be peeking out at you on almost every block.
First, there’s Red Bird, who, well, glows red. I love both simplicity and the colour. He’s also the perfect complement to the glass building.
Seoul Street Art
To find our next piece, cross at the crosswalk. I call this Blue Dog, and he is one big doggy. In his entirety, and most of his body is hidden, Blue Dog checks in at about two stories. There are so many details I love about this big fella; the eyes, the nose, the ears, and the paws. The blue hat is the perfect finishing touch. You find him close to Samsung Leeum Museum of Art.
Now, staying on the same side of the street, we’re going to walk a couple of blocks until we get to the IP Boutique Hotel. They always have an interesting art piece at the entrance. Right now, the hotel is being guarded by this knight in multi-coloured armour. I’m sure all the kids want to go for a ride 🙂
We’re leaving the Hangangjin Station and Itaewon area and moving to Singyongsan, which is close to Yongsan Staton and the Dragon Hill Spa. This piece of Seoul street art is in front of a new building, which I have watched being built for the past two years. You can see from the photo that the workers were just putting the finishing touches on the installation. Does anyone have a good name for this one? It seems to be welcoming people into the building. You’ll find this statue at Singyongsan, Subway Line 4, Exit 4. The workers look so tiny!
Now we’ll take Subway Line 1 (get on at Yongsan Station), and head to Dapsimni Station, Exit 5. Walk less than a minute and here is our next Seoul street art installation. When I look at this, a couple of things come to mind; “catch me if you can,” “run away with me.” What do you think? If you walk between these two, you’ll see the sign for the antique market. Walk up the steps and go to the left. Through the doors, you’ll find 12 – 15 small antique shops selling items from Korea and Asia. You can find vases, figurines, and textiles here, and much cheaper than the tourist mecca Insadong. Another section of the antique market specializes in furniture. I’ve never ventured into that part simply because I’m not interested in Korean furniture. The market should be open every day. To confirm opening days and hours I would call the tourist information line (02-1330). Use your Skype app if you don’t have a SIM card in your phone.
This is my favourite piece of Seoul street art. I’m not sure if Tourquise Man is a permanent installation. If he is you can find him in front of Seoul’s Sejong Center. Isn’t he amazing? I love the intricacies in the feet and hands. To get there via subway you have a few choices: Line No. 1 / Get off at Jonggak Station → 350 M point toward Gwanghwamun after coming out of the Exit No. 1
Line No. 3 / Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station → Toward Sejong main street from the Exit No. 6
Line No. 5 / Get off at Gwanghwamun Station → 200M point toward Sejong Center after coming out of the Exit No. 1, 8
300M point toward Sejong Center after coming out of the Exit No. 7
Our final Seoul street art for this week finds it’s home close to Seoul Station, Subway Line 4. I find this elegant sculpture very intriguing, but I can ‘t figure out why it’s in this location. To me, it looks very Thai, and I cannot find one reference to Thailand in the surrounding area. Never-the-less I love these masks and this Seoul street art.
Which is your favourite Seoul street art? Let us know in the comments.
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