Juxtaposition in Hongdae

I went to Hongdae, home and hangout of many university students. It’s a lively part of Seoul, one of those crowded places where it’s easy to see things together that normally stay separate. Contrasting ideas, funky juxtaposition? That’s Hongdae.

First up—cars and pedestrians move together in the streets. There’s something at least slightly fun about sharing a narrow street with four-wheeled vehicles, motorbikes, and merchandise from overflowing stores.

And second—graffiti is ubiquitous. There’s a park where people hangout, sell artwork, play, etc. It looks dangerous even though it’s not. Well-pierced and smoking, cigarette holding, clad in all-black clothing adults can be seen a few meters away from kindergartens on playground equipment.

As for what’s third—it confuses me. I saw a sign. On the second floor of a building, there’s something cutesy, something that involves cats, probably kittens. It’s probably a cat cafe, one of those places where you get a coffee and play with cats for a small fee. On the third floor, there’s “Fuckfake.” I don’t know what that is, but it doesn’t sound cute.

I spent time debating whether or not to write this brief second entry on juxtaposition in Hongdae. Why? Well, without further ado…


The above, taken at the Trick Eye Museum, is courtesy of a man with a bold sense of humor. But don’t be fooled. The museum is a bit lame. The only thing visitors do is pose in front of 3d pictures. Neither my friend nor I had the guts to go near that painting. We simply were not up to the challenge of pretending to drink pee &c. and thus, all our photos are wonderfully tame boring.

We posed as: angels, Italians, movie stars, shop-a-holics, torturers, King Kong’s food, masterminds of a genius heist, people with their bodies sliced in two, empresses …
Other people pretended to: drink pee, look up the skirts of Degas’ ballerinas, pull the screamer’s pants down …

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  • Reply The Kristologist March 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Fuckfake? What the hell is that supposed to mean anyway?! XD

  • Reply nikkiana March 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Well…. if fuckfake [dot] com is the same company, it looks like it’s a name brand clothing store.

  • Reply Sabrina March 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This neighborhood looks like so much fun! Post more pictures from Seoul pleaaaaaase!

    • Reply chantelle March 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I will. The pictures I took that day were pretty bad. ^^; I didn’t have a wide angle lens.

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