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The free outdoor art gallery that is Hongdae!

Just wandering the streets of Hongdae, Seoul is as good as a trip to any modern art gallery. You can see a constantly changing array of colorful street art everywhere you go in this vibrant corner of the city.

Photo by roonandbeks

Finding street art in Hongdae is as easy as finding a piece of hay in a haystack. There are a few places to head to if your goal is to specifically find street art .

The first port of call is close to the subway, head out of Hongik station via exit 9 and turn left straight away to get into the heart of Hongdae. Go straight until you reach a dead end then turn left and go straight, there is an outdoor gallery on your left here. These pieces change fairly often and are always interesting and original.

The second place to head to is the Hongdae playground. Take the same exit 9 from Hongik station and walk straight until the first main road on your left, take this road up ‘til you get to the university. Turn right at the top of the road then go up the hill on your right. The park is here on your left and the graffiti can be found on the buildings at the back. Much more can be found on the small streets behind the park as well. It’s also worth noting here that there is a free art market in this park at weekends during the summer and occasionally a silent disco on a Saturday night. The Lomography Seoul Store is also round the corner.:)

Thirdly, the streets next to and behind the university. The best way to find these alleyways is to follow the directions to the university, crossover to the same side as the university building and turn right down the main road. Then take a left just after the Starbucks and explore away!

Street art is everywhere in Hongdae and while these instructions will get you to some guaranteed finds it’s much more fun to simply explore and find your way round! Happy hunting!

written by roonandbeks

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