Hongik University has the best art program in country. I think that is why so many artists and art related excitements are around the school area..
Area of Hongik University, known as Hongdae (‘dae’ is a short for University in Korean), is famous for night life. Lonely planet introduces Hongdae as a student district with bars and budget restaurants and that is true but not all.
Now I ask you, what is art?.
Art is one of the hardest words to define what it is. Mona Lisa can be just a normal woman in painting for somebody. Expensive, creative by some fancy artist, impossible to own. Yes that is art. It is expensive because it is worth it but I prefer something more feels real to me..
Free market. Very unique charm of Hongdae..
.A small playground in the small street is getting busy at weekend, very extinct looking people are gathering here as time goes by. Spread the mat on the ground, bring something out of their bags..
Nothing is same. No one brought same stuff.
Soon, this small park is filled with over 15 all set stores with fabulous art works.
This is a view of Hongdae free market at weekend.
.Free market starts at 2002. An open market where fine artists meet and exchange ideas with visitors to create real works of art in an open public space. No barriers between artists and visitors. It starts with free spirit of share a real art..
.After 8 years of running, Free market is now one of significant place in Seoul..
Free Market is one of my favorite shopping place in Seoul. However most of time I went there, ended up with nothing in my hand, eventhough I was ready to buy some stuff! Do you know why? Because there are too much great stuff!
After one store to store it is getting harder and harder to choose. (I wanted to screem ‘Help the girl out!’)
Then you could say ‘buy something just click with you!’, then okay, if I bought all of ‘clicked’ thing, I may broke by now. Seriously.
I am quite an accessorry enthusiaste, so it is even harder to choose.
Last saturday, Kristen and I had lunch at Hongdae and glanced at Free market, turns out same result. Kristen found very pretty / practical perl earrings and I just gave up to choose. Oh well, it was nice window shopping!
If you are in Seoul or plan to do so, consider include Free Market in your itinerary. It is very good way to feel ‘local’ and ‘fun’ and of course, some Shopping! You can get something ‘One of a kind’..