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Novel art in Seoul’s Ssamzie market

April 20, 2009

Interpreting art doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact with the right kind of medium, and thought, art can take on a sense of fun. Art can be novel. Wander around Ssamzie market in the bustling Insadong area of Seoul and it’s easy to see that Koreans have taken the idea of novel and put their own interpretation on it.

Walls transform into creative swirls and curves, carefully arranged and made from a mix of plastic bowls, bins and strainers.

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Colours painted boldly as though they belong, lamps lighten dark nooks, and wooden blocks advertise shops above.

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Possibly an ingenious way of recycling, but whatever the art, there is a medium to suit. All in the spirit of novelty.

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Interaction is encouraged. Even the simplest form of art attracts viewers: tall and petite.

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Ssamzie market is a young place, not in age but in people. It’s a market place packed full of craft stalls, cafes, jewellery and gift shops. Tourist’s browse from window to window, lovers cuddle in corners hidden. Wherever you go through this mazed warren, art greets you, in the most unique ways.

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The market is less crowded during the weekdays and impossible to navigate during the weekends. People go there, just to be there.

To get to the market, head to Insadong and wander the pedestrian street until you see a large crowded opening midway up on the right. It’s not difficult to miss.

Caffeinated Traveller

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3 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    April 21, 2009 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the photos. I’m amazed how creative people can make common objects into works of art.

    • April 22, 2009 12:11 pm

      I agree, it doesn’t take the best materials, just a creative approach and and idea. I like this kind of approach to art.

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