I discovered this hidden treasure by accident. My original plan was to visit a market that’s listed on my tourist map of Daegu. When I exited the subway, I saw the Gyesan Cathedral, which is one of the earliest gothic-style Catholic churches in South Korea. I found the architecture to be beautiful, so I walked toward it. As I got closer I saw a sign in the shape of a guitar.
An art street sounded interesting, so I followed the signs. I entered the Bangcheon Market, which looked dead. I walked around until I started to see pictures painted on the concrete walls. I followed them like a trail of breadcrumbs to Kim Kwang Seok Road. This alley of art is dedicated to the legendary Korean folk singer who passed away in 1996. Most of the murals have a music theme.
Some of the murals are creative for the sake of creativity.
Of course because this is Korea, some of the art instillations are meant for couples…
… as well as lovers of animated characters.
My favorites were the interactive pieces.
But the best murals were of the dearly missed musician.
Rest in peace, Kim.