The Hongdae Free Market seems to be getting a reputation as a (slightly) off-the-beaten-path visitor’s stop in Seoul, away from the city centre of the usual beauty and shopping venues.
If you make the effort to take a trip here, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of free music performances (your future K-pop star may be standing right in front you!) and cool hand-crafted arts by the Hongik University students, amid a vibrant indie atmosphere all around.
My personal favourite was this crafter who makes adorable worry dolls out of old lamp diodes and colourful yarns. There’s never been a better way to upcycle! ^o^
As my Malaysian friend living in Seoul explains it, Hongdae actually refers to Hongik University and its sprawling campus town. Any Korean art students worth their salt, are usually graduates of Hongik’s Fine Arts Programme.
These were some of the stalls with long queues for the skilled and swift artists. It looks like the stall owners end the day with tired eyes and aching arms but fat pockets :D. The path of artist-dom isn’t an easy one, and their hard work must be paying off as I can actually recognize some of the stalls from other blogs about the Free Market!
Some of the other sights of Hongdae. This Seoul student town is *nothing* like the ones in Sydney, Melbourne and KL!
Yes, Hongdae is home to the giant and very pink Hello Kitty cafe. But it was pretty late by the time we got there after the flea market. So in the end, we went for something better than Kitty-san – real kitties at Tom’s Cafe! \^o^/
Yes, cute cats abound here and you can read all about it at Purrrrr-fectly Good Times at Tom’s (Cat) Cafe, Hongdae
Or enjoy more creative handmade crafts at Creativity in Cheras: Pipit Zakka!
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