Words & Photography: Pravin Shekar, travel 3Sixty° travelsmith
Close to 60 artists put together the art and the installations at Ilhwa Mural Village in 2006. Ten years later, the village is still a sight to behold. And yes, you can pose with the murals!
Ilhwa is off the beaten path, but it’s free for tourists and there’s no time limit when you visit. Walls, creepers, pavement—everything has been put to use for the sake of artistic expression.
Don’t take a wrong turn and land up in New York or Rome!
You’ve come to the right place to get inspired!
A replica of a train takes us on a creative journey.
As you walk through the village, you see artwork everywhere. This is a combination of painting and wire art.
Meaaaaoooooowwwww! Me watching you watching me watching you. Click a selfie with me and walk on!
Proclaim your love in your language and help with the artwork.
A view to view together,
hand in hand,
my love, for you!
We, and our shadows,
till death or rust
do us part.
A bit of cootchie-cooing with some privacy provided by a friendly creeper.
A loyal friend who follows me, on land and in space, to the great beyond.
Who you calling an old man?
Smithy, foundry or the way ahead.
Men meet machine…. What happens when a group of friends walk up and down the mural village.
Stealing a kiss when no one’s watching….
GETTING THERE Ilhwa Mural Village can be reached by walking from Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2. AirAsia flies to Seoul from various destinations. For flight schedules and fares, visit airasia.com.