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A Photo Walk in Seoul’s Ilhwa Mural Village

By Pravin Shekar

A Photo Walk in Seoul’s Ilhwa Mural Village

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!

1 The Mural village is way off the beaten path, free for tourists and there's no time limit. Walls, creepers, floor - everything has been put to use.

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.

2 The entrance to the Ihwa Dong Mural Village. Don't take a wrong turn and land up in New York or Rome

Don’t take a wrong turn and land up in New York or Rome!

3 You've come to the right place to get inspired!

You’ve come to the right place to get inspired!

4 A replica of a train takes us on a creative journey.

A replica of a train takes us on a creative journey.

5 As you walk through the village, you see artwork everywhere. This is a combination of painting and wire-art. Don't miss the dog

As you walk through the village, you see artwork everywhere. This is a combination of painting and wire art.

6 Meaaaaoooooowwwww. Me watching you watching me watching you. Watch it! Click a selfie with me and walk on!!!

Meaaaaoooooowwwww! Me watching you watching me watching you. Click a selfie with me and walk on!

7 Proclaim your love. In your language. We help with the artwork. And the hearts!

Proclaim your love in your language and help with the artwork.

8A view to view together,
hand in hand,
my love, for you!
We, and our shadows,
till death or rust
do us part.

9 A bit of cootchie-cooing with some privacy being provided by a friendly creeper

A bit of cootchie-cooing with some privacy provided by a friendly creeper.

10 A loyal friend who follows me, in land and space, to the next phase as well.

A loyal friend who follows me, on land and in space, to the great beyond.

11 Who you calling an old man

Who you calling an old man?

12 Smithy, Foundry or the way ahead. Everything has a purpose - and that is art!

Smithy, foundry or the way ahead.

13 Men meet machine.... When a group of friends walk up and down the mural village - and the sun goes down, albeit slowly

Men meet machine…. What happens when a group of friends walk up and down the mural village.

14 Stealing a kiss when no-one's watching....

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.

About the Author

Pravin Shekar

Pravin Shekar is a parallel entrepreneur, startup specialist and raconteur passionate about travelling, networking and photography. He has won the Grand Prize in the National Geographic Traveler magazine–Uttarakhand tourism photography competition. His work has been published in the Deccan Chronicle and Lonely Planet magazine.

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