59 일째 – Gwangju 광주 – Penguin Village & Downtown

On the latter half of Saturday, we made our way to the Penguin Village.  The village is within walking distance of the Sakjin Park and it is a small neighbourhood said to be unchanged since the 70s and 80s.  According to a webpage, I found, the penguin village is named after the way older Korean walks in this neighbourhood.

 

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the entrance

There were a lot of people at the village, as it has become quite an attraction.

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Artists have painted the walls of the houses with pictures like murals.

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There are many younger couples, friends, and families that come to the neighbourhood to take photos or to remind themselves of the older days.  (Oh! I remember using those dial phones!)

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The garden has also been converted to an art space.

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The neighbourhood isn’t that big and it is on one street plus some additional alleyways.

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The artwork improved the village not just aesthetically but economically as many villagers now have small convenience stores that sells old-time confectionaries.

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We can even experience how to make candy.  My friend, who is from this hometown, said that there weren’t a lot of sweets back then, so they burn sugar against the stove to make a brown colored sweet for kids.

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It is really sugary, and I burnt it slightly 😦

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We continue looking at the free artwork.

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Perhaps these houses are getting ready for a new look! However, the white cleanliness of the house also has a nice atmosphere.

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I think the street will just continue to expand.  Nearby are also a lot of cafes if you get hungry.

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We took a bus out of the village and into Gwangju’s downtown.  We got off at the Asian Art center, a huge public space for arts and culture in Gwangju.

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… then we went downtown in search of food.  This is the shopping street and it is crowded with people this evening.  Since it is still Seollal, younger adults have just received their new year allowance from their relatives and are happily spending it now 🙂

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In the end, we walked into a restaurant that sold JIMDAK! It had lots of cheese and cost 20,000 won.  It was pretty good though 🙂

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The last stop for the day was a coffee shop!

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That was day 59 🙂

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