Seonyudo Park is on an island located in the middle of Yanghwa Bridge. Seonyudo was converted to a park from an old sewage treatment plant. The structures from the treatment plant are still standing and offer a unique maze of ruins with plant life growing everywhere.
I was around Insadong shooting a different project I’ll post later this week and popped into a few of the shops. All the ones I stopped at were nice enough to let me shoot there.
Once in a while I'd like to start featuring an artist in or near Seoul. The first one I'd like to take a look at is Charles Williams. I visited Charles this afternoon to take a look at some of his sculptures. He uses things like air clay, modeling putty, home repair putty, floor and tile varnish and other materials to make these otherworldly creatures. A lot of his inspiration comes from cartoons and toys from the 70s and 80s along with old school sci-fi. A lot of the figures have removable parts and extra pieces that can be added like heads, arms, or tentacles. Looking closely at them you can find secret details like hidden faces or eyes. He makes molds of the faces using his own work or manipulating casts from the faces of old action figures. If you see a little clay or foam face stuck to a wall in the city its a good chance its a his. You can see more of his work at http://cultoftheworm.tumblr.com/
In Insadong and the next street over across the street from Jogyesa Temple you can find a lot shops selling a handmade paper and calligraphy brushes. A lot of the shops make the paper themselves.
Before leaving Anmyeondo we decided to check out the seaside of Hwangdo while the tide was out. During low tide you are able to walk across a huge muddy plain to what is normally an island.
These shops are also in the Euljiro Stations 3 and 4 area but I think they deserve a separate post. You can hear and see people grinding, welding, drilling all around you. If you’re in the area its totally worth a look.
If you are tired of the tourist crowds in Insa-dong head just north of there to Samchung-dong. Samchung-dong is a great mix of galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques. Development was banned in this area so you are able to see great examples of older Korean buildings.
Ahyeondong is full of furniture shops and wedding stores. Much of the area is being torn down now and being redeveloped so I wanted to walk around the small alleys in the neighborhood while they are still there. There is also a gallery from a few weeks ago of the Ahyeon overpass that is now being demolished.
Namsan Tower is the center piece to Seoul. It can be seen from most areas of the city and is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. It also attracts a lot of couples with its views of the city. A lot of the young couples who go up to the tower leave behind a lock on the fences and gates. There seemed to be so locks here and there a few years ago but now they are all over the fences.
The area around Euljiro Stations 3 and 4 is loaded with hardware stores. There you can find pretty much any thing you need like tools, paint, lighting, computer parts, sheet metal, gears, nuts and bolts.
A friend and I took a trip this weekend to Yeongdeok for their crab festival. This is going to be the first in a series of different posts I shot while down there. Yeongdeok is packed full of crab restaurants and during the festival there are a lot of people selling many different crab dishes alongside international food tents and typical Korean street food. We had an great crab dinner there and if you find your self in Yeongdeok I recommend visiting Crabtown. The owner was really nice and the food was great. It's located under a bridge with the dinning area over looking the water. At the bottom of this post I put up shops info and a map.
Insa-dong is a must stop area for anyone just visiting Seoul. This area is a has a concentration of traditional Korean food, tea shops, traditional paper and art supplies, and souvenirs.
Myeong-dong is a bustling shopping district at the base of Namsan Mt.
Built in 1967 the Ahyeon Overpass was the first overpass in Korea. The area is in the middle of being redeveloped and the overpass is the latest structure slated for demolition. On February the 8th the overpass was open to the public. It was interesting to get views normally reserved only for people in cars and see an area that is changing from an angle that will soon be gone. Along with being open as a walking path people were able to paint murals on the soon to be gone roadway.
This is the first in a series featuring different areas with heavy foot traffic. Namdaemun Market is the place to go if you are looking for camera equipment, health products, cloths and import goods.
This time of year you start to see colorful paper lanterns pop up all over the city to celebrate Buddha’s birthday in May. This will be the first in a series of posts of different temples around the Seoul.
Hongdae is one of the few areas in the city where you can find graffiti. There are some areas provided for spray painting but if you walk down the side streets in the neighborhood you can find it everywhere.
Located near Jongno 5-ga and Euljiro 4-ga stations is a this huge bustling market complex. Gwangjang Market is full of shops selling anything from fabric, produce, health products, traditional Korean honbok cloths, to sea food. The market also has many eateries serving all types of food.
Starting near Sindorim Station and going under line 2 a bit past Sindaebang Station the bike path follows the drainage canal under the road and tracks.
Yongma Land is an abandoned amusement park near Mangu Station on the Jungang line. No one seems to mind if people walk around in the park. Although the front gate is locked if you just go around the side you can just walk in.
Yongsan is in the process of being redeveloped now removing the old blight of the area to make way for new developments. I was lucky enough to get to the old red light district to take photos of the area before it was torn down.