Defend Your Stoop: Ihwa Mural Village
Never stop exploring
I was surprised that I had never heard of this place until I met Amanda. While Sean and I were eating lunch, it popped into my head again. We were going to take our usual trip to Myeongdong to try and find places to take photos, but we decided to switch it up. We’ve been living in Seoul for almost 8 months now, and we hadn’t ventured out into the unknown like we planned.
So we searched for Ihwa Mural Village. It can be walked to from Dongdaemun Station. It’s about a 20-minute uphill battle to this village, but the murals are well worth it… if they’re still there.
It was like walking with history in modern day society
The walk there is already scenic in its own sense. The city life of small apartment complexes and crowded street parking, with a dash of history in the middle. You walk along side the Wall Museum of Seoul.
Then you reach the top of the hill, and you find yourself at a small cat café. We didn’t get anything at this café, but we did sit next to it and watch the cats as they perused through the crowds of people. They had cute little collars on that had Korean writing on it, which we joked said, please pet me with your eyes only. They were kind kittens though, definitely used to people being around.
Maybe the murals were a seasonal thing?
There were maps located around the village showing you where the different murals were located, but to our dismay, the murals that we wanted to see had already been washed away. We may plan on going back when the weather gets warmer to see if artists go out and renew the murals in the Spring. Next time, we’ll be driving our car there. No more of that walking business.
There were a few small paintings left around the city, and I think my favorite one had to be this corner painting of sunflowers. Just because they happen to be my favorite flower.
What kind of trip would it be without something delicious?
After our long trek up and down the stairs of Ihwa Village, we decided to stop for some milk ice cream, and it was absolutely scrumptious. It didn’t have a icy, gritty texture like most milk ice creams do.
Defend your stoop, stoop kid
To enjoy the rest of they area, we just took street photos and called it a day. We headed back to Dongdaemun station to get ready for our $90 movie date to watch Captain Marvel, which was amazing.