Ihwa Mural Village – Art in the City
Beautiful photography hotspot near Daehak-Ro : Filming location of Rooftop Prince!
Located atop Mt. Naksan, Ihwa Mural Village earned itself a reputation as a beautiful photography hotspot due to its many street art drawn onto its old stone walls. Not too long ago the neighbourhood was set to be demolished, as it was considered an unattractive slum located in the middle of a bustling neighbourhood. Today it is one of the most popular spots for dates and the weekend trek.
A couple taking a walk along the many roads leading to Ihwa Mural Village
Do a search on social media and you should see that this place is indeed popular with couples, photo enthusiasts and tourists. The place is awash with colours, both man-made and natural. It is a mere 10-minute walk from the busy Daehangno, where many young people and students from the nearby universities hang out after class. Ihwa Mural Village’s narrow alleys showcases many murals big and small. There are also various themed cafes and gift shops scattered around the village.
In case you were wondering as to who contributed to the mural scene here at Ihwa Mural Village, a team of artists consisting of professional artists as well as students from local institutions came together to decorate the village. As more people gradually came in to contribute works of their own, the village’s mural identity gradually expanded and earned itself a newfound sense of dynamism to what was once a sleepy downward village.
One of the most-taken images of Ihwa Mural Village
The shop was a filming site for one particular Korean drama
One of the more popular photo zones.
Sit down by one of their cafes to enjoy the scenic view, or take your time to climb the stairs and explore more of this village. Be considerate though, as there are still many residents staying here!
Sunrays shining down during dusk
A beautiful view of the village from the top
Citizens enjoying the fresh air atop Mt. Naksan
To get to Ihwa Mural Village, take the subway to Hyehwa Station on Line 4. After coming out from Exit 2, head straight towards Marronnier Park. Turn left at the park and continue towards Dongsung-gil. There would be a sign guiding people up the hill towards Ihwa Mural Village.
Address: 149-1 Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Subway: Hyehwa Station, Line 4, Exit 2
Opening Hours: NA
Contact Number: NA