Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Between the past and the present times : Daegu Samdeok-dong Mural Alley, Korea

 Beautiful Alley with ArtSamdeok-dong Mural Alley

Samdeok-dong Mural Alley is whimsical place where visitors can enjoy eccentric bike displays, Japanese architecture, and colorful murals.

Located on the opposite side of Bangcheon Market, at one time, Samdeok-dong was occupied by Japanese merchants and civil workers. Reminders of the area’s Japanese past can be seen in the neighborhood’s remaining Japanese-style wood-sided buildings. Only a few of these buildings still exist in Daegu, including the residence of a former principal of an elementary school which has since been converted into a village art museum.

At the heart of Samdeok-dong resides the Samdeok-dong Community Service Center which was instrumental in revitalizing the neighborhood’s urban community and turning it into a vibrant cultural district

Bright, multi-media murals adorn the walls of the community center and decorate the sides of residential homes and apartments. 

Don’t miss the unusual display of unconventional bikes which is one of the community’s most unique attractions.

Despite being a notable site on one of Daegu’s historic alley tours, you’ll find more local residents than tourists wandering through these alleys. While there are a few small cafés, resale shops, and a vinyl record store in the neighborhood, Samdeok-dong is largely residential. It’s a quiet, yet charming, place to immerse oneself in Daegu’s past and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

● Location :  76-27, Gukchaebosang-ro 150-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

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