My friend and I spent a day doing a lot of touristy things this weekend. I’ve known her since university and when we’re together our level of shame plummets down to zero. We went to the mural village and to K-pop street and acted like the foreigners that we truly were. Since we took a lot of photos I will be making two separate blog posts.
The Mural Village is a great place for photo ops. When we got there-there were a couple of tourists from China, so they took pictures of us (me) while we were taking pictures of ourselves. I kid you not, I am in at least half of the pictures from Chinese tourists that come to Korea. Like, do they just go through their vacation photos and show their friends back home that they saw a black person? WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THE PHOTOS!? (Insert laugh track) If someone has the answer please tell me. I’m an adult, so obviously I took pictures of them taking pictures of us.
Anyway, the Murals came about because a few artists took the initiative of beautifying some of the ‘gritty’ neighbourhoods in Seoul. This has caused an influx of tourists which in turn has minimised the privacy and security of local residence. So when going around please be mindful and respectful of your surroundings. The artists have made the murals interactive with the locals and some of the residents have begun to sell little trinkets outside.
If any of you come down to Korea or are already in Korea, I highly recommend going to the Mural Village. You have to climb a couple of treacherous slopes to get there but I promise you the photos and the views are worth it.
To get there take subway Line 4 Hyehwa Station (Exit 3).