Seoul-ful Spring 2016: A mini exploration of Ihwa Mural Village

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One of my favourite places from my Seoul trip last March is the Ihwa Mural Village, but getting here is no easy task as the village is located at the top of Naksan Mountain. We alighted the subway from Hyehwa Station and basically walked through a university neighbourhood from there, taking lots of detours because of the trendy shops and food marts along the way.

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The food stops involved mochi with fruits inside, as well as Korean sweet potatoes. I’m not kidding when I say I ate goguma everyday while here. It warms me right up against the cold spring weather of Seoul. 😉

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As you walk up the steep slope of Naksan Mountain, you will know you’re heading the right direction once you start seeing some interesting art installations along the way. I’m not sure if this particular piece below is still there for you to use as an indicator, but I’m sure there will be street signs. Look out for those.

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We were treated to some early plum blossoms in such an unexpected place that we paused here a bit to take photos. It’s funny how much you grow to appreciate things you cannot find in your own country. In Japan and Korea, I ALWAYS have to stop and photograph cherry and plum blossoms whenever and wherever I spot them. Nothing screams tourist more, but oh well!

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