For two weeks last March to April, I was in Seoul for work. It wasn’t my first time but thevibrance of the city still caught my senses just like what I experienced years ago.
I, along with our team, was blessed to be given the chance to stay in a guesthouse located at Hongdae, the hippie and arts-y district both for the young and old. Hongdae is home to a lot of interesting shops, cozy cafes and some surprisingly creative spots. This is where countless enjoyable things can be seen and visited. If you’re an arts lover and atthe same time, a nightlife junkie- Hongdae is the place to be!
Themed coffee shops like Hello Kitty and Charlie Brown are situated there, as well. And if you’re a fan of Korean dramas, you would love this place for the shoot location ofthe quite popular Coffee Prince has been standing in that area. Hongdae can also be a shopping destination and a foodie heaven. Street food, foreign cuisine, Korean bbq, local desserts- name it, you’ll find it there! And for the night owls, there are dance clubs and bars lined up in the streets for you. Street performers are a common sight in different corners too. Hongdae’s full of life!
I’ve been hearing that the Trick Eye Museum (which I haven’t been to yet) is a sure hit forthe fun-loving photo and illusion enthusiasts. I shall try it next time. I regret that I didn’t have that much time to explore the artistic and cultural side of Hongdae, but I was able to drop by the Hongik Museum of Art (HoMA). It is housed in a prestigious arts/design institution in Seoul: Hongik University. Good thing, admission is free and picture-taking is allowed. I wasn’t able to bring a decent camera during the trip and so, I just asked my friend to use her LG smartphone to snap some shots.
I believe that some students and faculty members are the creators of the art pieces in HoMA. The displays vary in medium and style. Paintings were done with charcoal, some with oil paint and other mixed elements. There are other creative installations, too.
The Hongik Museum of Art is not too big and the art pieces not too many that you can actually view and enjoy every display in less than an hour. So, if you happen to be in Seoul, swing by Hongdae and visit this art museum in Hongik University.