Tuesday, November 22, 2016

5 Reasons to Love Bongsan Culture Street

5 Reasons to Love Bongsan Culture Street

Stretching from Banwoldang to Bongsan, Bongsan Culture Street (봉산문화거리) celebrates Daegu’s vibrant art scene with art galleries, charming cafés, and colorful street art.  Here are five reasons why you’ll fall in love with the “Insa-dong of Daegu.”

Charming Cafés
Stroll along an enchanting cobblestone road lined with trees and street side gardens and spend an afternoon at one of Bongsan’s many charming cafés.  From pie shops to “slow bread” bakeries, these one-of-a-kind restaurants offer more than a well-brewed cup of coffee. 

Bongsan Cultural Center
This modern culture center is the community-focused heart of Bongsan Street; a place where local art and culture is promoted, developed, and celebrated.  Bongsan Cultural Center contains two performance halls, several gallery spaces with rotating exhibits, an outdoor theater, and offers instructional art and culture classes in Korean including painting, dance, yoga, art history, calligraphy, and ceramics.  

Art Galleries, Antiques, and Calligraphy Shops
Daegu has long-been known as a city that fosters art and artists.  With nearly 20 art galleries and a diverse assortment of pottery, calligraphy, antique, and arts and crafts shops, it’s no wonder Bongsan Culture Street is often compared to Seoul’s famed Insa-dong street.

Colorful Street Art
Every year a pottery festival is held in April while the Bongsan Arts Festival is held in October.  In between festivals, you can find year-round exhibitions of installation art lining the streets and sidewalks as well as plenty of painted wall murals throughout the Bongsan art district.

A Sculptural Light Show
The next time you leave Banwoldang Station exit 9, be sure to look up to catch a glimpse of the alien-like structure that serves as the gateway to and symbol of Bongsan Art Culture Street.  Titled Media Sky, this piece was built in celebration of IAAF World Championships 2011.  Make sure to stop by at night to view the sculpture come to life with its LED media art display.

-Address: 38, Bongsanmunhwa-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu / 대구광역시 중구 봉산문화길 38 (봉산동)
-Bongsan Cultural Center Website: http://www.bongsanart.org/main/main.html (Korean Only)

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