" The 2019 Seoul Storytelling Team first walked
the course of the <2019 Long-standing Shop Guidebook>,
which is planned to be published later this year. "
[Course 5: Yeongdeungpo-gu]
It’s the season of chill wind and falling leaves.
I straighten out the closet by piling up my short summer clothes and putting out warmer outfits.
As I look up to the clear sky outside the window, all the sudden I feel like going for a walk,
which is something I never even thought about during the hot summer.
There are many good walking courses in Seoul.
Mountains are good for their colorful maple trees, and riversides are good for their pleasant wind.
But it’s Yeongdeungpo-gu you go to when you want to feel the autumn-like, sharp Newtro vibes.
“ Munrae Creative Village ”
Munrae-dong was the center of the steel industry during past modernization.
But as the industry declined, shops became empty, and artists filled the empty shops,
becoming Munrae Creative Village as it is now.
The exterior walls of the buildings and the shutters of the shops are rusted, cracked, or broken,
but they retain the traces of time.
Not far from the forest of buildings that are filled with neatly painted exterior walls and buildings with no rust,
there are heart-touching vibes to be found.
Maybe the Newtro trend, the young generation falling in love with retro vibes that are older than they are,
was created here with that same reason.
These days, accustomed to the clean and neat new buildings,
the sensibility of old buildings that look a bit shabby sometimes seems more fascinating.
“ Sinheung Commerce ”
When you need some shelter to warm your hands and rest your tired legs,
visit Sinheung Commerce.
Americano 1,000 won, bean sprouts 2,500 won, tables and chairs in front of the store.
And the old coffee machine. It’s a small store, but full of friendliness.
If you sit on a chair in front of Sinheung Commerce and take a break with a cup of hot coffee,
your tired body and mind are soon restored.
“Munrae Art Factory”
Walking through the narrow alleys past Munrae Creative Village,
it's quite touching to walk on the fallen leaves with the blue sky high above.
As you take a short walk, you will see a sign for an art factory.
Munrae Creative Village is a creative space made to promote culture and art.
For artists seeking free experimentation and convergence art,
there are multipurpose spaces such as studios, seminar rooms, conference rooms, and exhibition halls.
You can feel the sensations of art from the exterior and the murals on the wall.
The last course is a must-see spot if you visit Yeongdeungpo, Time Square.
It's only a 15-minute walk from the Munrae Art Factory, and it's a popular spot for both foreigners and Koreans.
There is a wide range of restaurants, bookstores, and cinemas,
so you can stop by the end of the walking course to soothe your hunger and enjoy cultural life.
With your parents, friends, or your lover.
How about a sharp, Newtro-vibed walk that goes well with fallen leaves while your favorite songs
or audiobooks play in your headphones?
Written and photographed
by 2019 Seoul Storytelling Team Park Soo Jin