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Artful in Seoul

An elderly Korean woman is perched on a stool in a narrow hillside alley, stirring a steaming bowl of porridge.

On the wall to her right, a jester sprawls out his arms as he leaps towards the Seoul sky. To her left, a pair of giant cats clasp their paws together to pray.

One of the South Korean capital’s oldest neighbourhoods, Ihwa-dong was just a decade ago a slum due to be demolished. But this area, overlooking Seoul’s CBD, and home mostly to poor families and elderly people, has been given a new lease on life as part of an art revitalisation project that began nine years ago.

The formerly quiet, drab neighbourhood is now known as Ihwa Mural Village and is graced by throngs of curious visitors. Hundreds of art pieces — ranging from the thoughtful to the whimsical — have been daubed, sketched or traced on to the walls of its homes, businesses, underpasses and schools.

In the age of Instagram and Facebook, the neighbourhood has become wildly popular with ...


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