Enjoy The Many Colors of Ihwa-Dong, South Korea’s Breathtaking “Moon Village”

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Everything is better in color…

This is especially true for Ihwa-Dong in Seoul, South Korea. This neighborhood, also known as“Moon Village” because it’s location on the hillside is said to offer a better view of the moon than the city. Ihwa-Dong was set to be completely demolished until art gave this funky district life again.

Serving as a home for refugees after the Korean war in the 50’s, Ihwa-Dong slowly declined into a shantytown. That was until South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism launched their “Art In The City” Program in 2006 aimed at improving many of the dying villages around South Korea. Ihwa-Dong was at the top of the list. Over 70 students, artists and locals participated in this huge art project, creating one of Seoul’s most beautiful tourist attractions. Just take a look…

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Even though this neighborhood’s transformation is undoubtedly beautiful, it was not something residents were completely ready for. Many have even cemented over the amazing art in attempt to minimize the tourists – yikes. So, when you go visit in search for that perfect Instagram shot, remember that South Koreans are big on respect and that this area is still home for many locals.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while visiting this mural village:

  • Be respectful of people’s property. Don’t just walk into doorways or gates unless you have permission from the home owner.
  • Be considerate, quiet and act as you would in your own backyard. Visit during normal hours of the day, not in the wee hours of the morning or late at night.
  • Be friendly and say hello to the locals. Bow to elders, smile and respect thy neighbor.

Keep these simple rules in mind and you’re all set! The cost to enjoy this wonderful outdoor art museum? $0! This is a free attraction but just remember to show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to keep the art alive in this part of South Korea.

Who’s ready for some “Seoul” searching? Comment below.

~ The Freedom Team

Featured image by: SEOUL Magazine

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