Itaewon’s Blind Curves

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There are many cool places to hangout in Seoul. Itaewon definitely tops the list. Famous for street shopping, Turkish food, a coffee shop at every corner, and those looking for some company; Itaewon is worth a visit.

Upon exiting the subway station, you feel as though you’re thrown into a wave of loud music and people walking everywhere. However, there are quieter alleys to discover. Away from the crowds, a narrow alley leads to an Bugundang Historical Park Observation Point. I puffed, as the evening sun didn’t show me the slightest bit of mercy. Basil seemed more excited to show me this secret getaway. The view of Seoul was worth every pull in my muscles.

The observation point is adjacent to an ancient shrine and a Church. With a spot in the shade, a cool drink and a panoramic view of Seoul; I could forgive the evening heat. There were many brick lined apartments with creepers growing all around them.

As we walked further, looking for another exit to the main road, we came across some stunning examples of street parking. Car owners seemed to have mastered the art of parking at blind curves. The road curved sharply downwards and the cars seem to defy the laws of gravity.

As you see more coffee shops, you realise you’ve approached the main streets. People start to appear once again. We took a break in a coffee shop and watched people pass by. That’s how you reward yourself after a long walk.

Street graffiti is pretty popular here. With murals adorning building walls or coffee shops. There’s an undeniable buzz.

Somewhere, around the street corner, these four girls were playing the Gayageum. While my video skills aren’t the best, I found it hard not to record what they played. If you can ignore the bobbing heads and abrupt end, the music definitely strikes a chord. Check out these renditions on the Gayageum.

Towards the last stretch and away from the main street; curio shops sell everything from antique furniture to bric-a-bracs. The part resembles the streets of Paris with their sunroofs and Victorian furniture.

18 responses to “Itaewon’s Blind Curves

  1. I’ve not heard of Itaewon before this but from your photos, it’s looks like an extremely vibrant and interesting town. Love the doors and the creative parking! 🙂 I was looking at the photos for quite some time to see if I could learn to park like that without damaging the car!

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