Looking for an urban hike where you can simultaneously take in views of vibrant murals painted on the sides of buildings and sculptures crafted to overlook the bustling metropolis below? I know it sounds like an odd combination, but one that undoubtedly leaves a memorable mark on a person's experience in Seoul.
What was once (and possibly still is) a relatively low income neighborhood, the artists' work expresses the broad dynamic of modern day Seoul, presenting the mundane daily routine of the working class laborers and tailors juxtaposed against the comically playful and spontaneous cartoon-like pop-culture that has captivated the youth.
The Ihwa Art Village is a seemingly endless labyrinth of alleyways, steep staircases and opportune rest areas that will draw you into an entirely new universe, just when you think you are about to return to civilization.
The best part is that, for what you would expect to be a popular tourist spot, this neighborhood is not that crowded. It's also a great place to capture some of the best views of the Seoul. If you head up around sunset, you won't be disappointed.
Location:Naksan Park Neighborhood, Seoul, South Korea