MIN HWANGBO is currently living in Seoul. He is majoring in fine arts in Korea National University of Arts (KNUA/K’ARTS). Most of his artistic activities are based in Seoul. As a member of THREEFEETDEEP, art crew mostly throwing parties, he handles decorating venues, lights, photo and video.
He spent 3 years in China and Canada where he was motivated a lot and allowed him to be comfortable with foreigners. He likes to practice his camping skills which he learned while he was a scout for 8 years. Also he likes to walk around the city by himself listening to his favorite playlist. Having been to Russia twice, Kuwait and Dubai 3 months each, having an Irish uncle in law, he is very open to different cultures and religion.
His everyday life is composed of drawing and making. All the lines, shapes, patterns and colors are coming out of one bucket filled with experience and memories he have been collecting for short but lush 20 years.
Culture / Activity
Where they used to say, they could even make a tank if they wanted to, Euljiro, is the capital of every industrial material in South Korea. Electric materials to fabrics are just across the street.
As an art student, I spend a lot of time buying materials and bargaining prices. It’s never overwhelming for me to go there. Euljiro is my second home. What makes me keep going there is that the whole area seems like a little society full of shops selling machines and also running like a machine every day.
However, even for a Korean, it takes some time to get used to all the locations. So I thought, letting all the travelers know where to go to find the things they want is the best thing that I can do. I would like to let you know that you don’t have to buy anything. Don’t worry though, I’ll still tell you where are the things are located as we walk!
First of all, Dongmyo is only famous among thrifty but fashionable people. You will be fascinated to find all the vintage clothes and antique objects stacked in piles. But you might need a local guy since it’s hidden and although you find it, you want to be able to estimate the depth!
Second, Market (Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market)
Right next to Dongmyo, there is Dongdaemun (East gate) place full of fabrics, strings and all sorts of materials for clothes and also accessories. You can buy beads, buttons, patches and strings for DIY accessories.
Gwangjang market’s atmosphere is full of humanity. You will be able to see how it’s like to be in a Korean street market. The smell, the crowd and the food may not be your type but trust me, it’s worth an experience! We can try the street food in the market. All the “notorious” street food in Korea are waiting for you!
Third, Market (Bangsan, Sewoon Market)
Bangsan market has the most diverse materials, such as, tools for baking, materials for making a perfume, materials for packages, glass, wood and lots more! Also, all the hidden streets make it more entertaining for us.
Sewoon market will be the final spot. Although it’s the last stop, it’s the most spectacle and the brightest place in the downtown. Since they sell electric materials and lights, literally, the whole area is the brightest place in Korea. You can also find karaoke machines, walkie talkies, surveillance cameras and wires. Tool shops, metal and glass markets are also nearby.
At the end, I thought it would be nice to wrap up the trip by drawing on a traditional fan. It could be whether we draw on one fan and you get to take it, we exchange two individually drawn fans or I also give you the fan that I drew on that day as a gift.
Once you are interested in my course, we can talk it through (anyway you feel comfortable!). We can draw the thing that we remember from the trip or we can try writing each other’s name in our native language! I guess I should end introducing the trip. I’m sorry if it lacked information.. So please give me a second chance by sending me a message full of questions! Thank you for reading. I wish you all my luck on your travel, and my heart is always cheering for your passion and fire to the world.