Seoul, South Korea
TRAVEL TIME! I’m very excited to write and share my short visit to Ihwa Mural Village. I actually jaunted this neighborhood a year ago with my hubby. We woke super early to avoid hordes of tourists. Unexpectedly, when we got there, we saw several sightseers wandering the area ALREADY, Oh no~ o_O.
read numerous blogs about the place and according to some, It was once a draggy district and seemed to be monotonous or should I say “destitute”, but because of the government’s effort they transformed this village into a vibrant and touristy community. More than 60 artists volunteered to liven up the area and now has become one of the most visited spots in Seoul.
- Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul /서울 종로구 이화동
- 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- For more info: +82-2-2148-1856 (Korean)
HOW TO GET THERE:
- [Subway] Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), and Exit 2.
- Walk towards Marronnier Park.
For more information, visit Imagine Your Korea
Another thing, through the years, it attracted thousands of visitors from local to international and because of that, the sudden influx of tourists caused annoyance and disturbance to the real people living in there. Many tourists talked too loud, wrote erratically on the walls, littered their trash anywhere (that’s upsetting).
It even led to a more serious incident where residents from the area poured gray paint to some murals to discourage people from coming. Well, authorities of Hyewa Police Station have subjected and charged those who committed the crime with damage of property.
My advice to those who are planning to sojourn Ihwa:
- Tone down your voices
- Be responsible with your trash and DO NOT throw it anywhere
- Don’t scribble the walls, PLEASE
- RESPECT the area and especially the residents
Ihwa Mural Village has many things to offer and for people who love art and photography, this place is worthy to visit. You can try their cafes to quench your thirsts and eat something light. Few galleries and shops offer souvenirs for your personal remembrance or gift to your loved ones. They have narrow alleys and steep roads so be careful and always wear comfy shoes.
That’s all for today. I hope you enjoy and photos. See you on my next post!