Gwangju Blog

With Romance, ACC Art Trailer


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Today’s post is a more vivid introduction of ACC Art Trailer,

which we’ve introduced before!

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ACC Art Trailer is an outdoor art/culture event

with various characterful performances of professional artists.

Its genres include jazz, movie soundtrack, opera, musical, Korean classic, etc.

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Theme differs every day,

so you can pick and watch performances as you want.

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Asian Culture Complex, where ACC Art Trailer is held, has a great night view.

It’s suitable for walking though there isn’t any event held here.

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When you arrive to an event hall, there are seats provided for comfort.

The place has heaters, so you can watch performances without worrying about cold weather.

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There is a coffee trailer ready for the cold weather.

Wouldn’t it be a great harmony between music concerts and a cup of coffee?

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Food trucks are also here at ACC Art Trailer!

Nowadays, food trucks give more festival-like atmosphere when located together with stages.

It would be awesome to taste various foods while enjoying concerts.

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This day, a jazz concert was held here.

There was a talk about jazz’s history, type, revolution, etc along with

jazz ensembles and delicate jazz performance.

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Warm coffee, cozy seats.

Romantic autumn night with lovely jazz was a heavenly moment.

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Now, a stamp event is going on.

You can get gifts if you take a photo and get a stamp

from five ‘hot’ spots around Asian Culture Complex.

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Don’t worry about the weather outside.

Why don’t we visit ACC Art Trailer and enjoy an awesome autumn night?

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Where Autumn is Beautiful, Pochung-sa

 


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Today’s post introduces Pochung-sa, where the autumn is flowing with its last glimpse.

Cold winter has come already right ahead in Korea.

It’s quite sad to feel the leaving autumn as the weather gets colder.

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Pochung-sa, the 7th monument of Gwangju city, is a shrine located in Wonsan-dong, Nam-gu.

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It is a memorial hall for five people including Ko Kyungmung,

who raised a civil army first in Southwest Korea and were killed in action

during Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1952.

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Isn’t the autumn of Pochung-sa so pretty?

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There are many families walking around due to yet warm weather of autumn.

Always, beautiful places like here reminds family and beloved people.

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The weather now is wintery cold, but it was cozy and warm just a couple of days earlier.

This picture shows the warmness of autumn just by looking at,

maybe because the autumn just left us.

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The harmony between blue sky and autumn leaves always gives beauty and calmness.

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Just by walking and looking around gives better feelings and restoration.

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Maybe the sentiments of autumn are still here,

as good feelings come out from autumn leaves and the scenery of Pochung-sa.

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Stepping on fallen ginkgo leaves makes crunchy sounds,

and gives autumn-ness feeling and calmness.

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Now, why don’t we let go of autumn?

Let’s visit Pochung-sa next autumn with family

and feel a calm season!

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Rising Hot Place of Gwangju, Chungchun Balsan Village


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Gwangju has many small, charming villages.

Today’s post will introduce Chungchun Balsan Village,

new rising hot place of Gwangju.

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Located at Yang-Dong, Seo-gu,

Balsan Village was a typical shantytown of Gwangju.

The village was filled with dreams and energy

since young female workers and refugees gather around new textile factories in 1970s.

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Balsan Village was becoming hollow due to exits of female workers and facing demolish crisis.

But now, the village is becoming a new popular spot

retaining its original shape with a new name

‘Chungchun Balsan Village’ ,

Youth Release Village in Korean meaning.

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Isn’t the map of this village so charming?

There are many road signs,

so there won’t be a difficulty finding places.

A dog named ‘Bokgu’ is placed on the map.

Why don’t we go find out if there is a real dog or not?

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There are some cautions before looking around this village.

This place is a residential area just like other village tourist attractions of Gwangju.

Therefore, too much noise or littering is refrained here in Chungchun Balsan Village.

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Murals and letters stick out here and there in this village.

Words with sympathy, warmness, cheerfulness, etc

give pleasure while looking around the whole place.

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These stairs are a way to observatory called ‘108 steps’.

108 steps!

It can be challenging, but after walking up with an enthusiasm of watching village’s scenery!

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You can watch a beautiful scenery of Chungchun Balsan Village in a sight.

So, it is recommended not to give up and visit the observatory!

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This is Balsan Store, where old corner shop is reproduced.

The store is full of old snacks and provide nostalgia to people who miss good old days.

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A dog in the map, ‘Bokgu’ was right here.

It was wondering how famous she is to be on the map.

She’s a cute dog which loves people,

enough to be the icon of the village.

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Endless beauty of Balsan Village gave pleasure and favorable impression throughout the sightseeing.

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Colorfulness sometimes feel innocence and a state of balance.

Chungchun Balsan Village does give the feeling.

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Also, the name ‘Chungchun – Youth in Korean’ gives romantic experience throughout the village.

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It was a charming and pleasant village with warmness although the weather was cold.

How about taking a mental/physical rest visiting

Chungchun Balsan Village,

getting out from complicated everyday life?

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December Streets.

December Streets

 

 

For this month’s installment of local street photography, we actually leave the streets of Gwangju to venture southward to Wando. However, after arriving, we must continue our journey by boarding a mid-sized vehicle ferry bound for Changdo Island, an hour’s ride from this southern coastal town. If climbing to the ship’s rooftop deck, we may just see a scene like the one above.

In this photo, a man rests against the railing, seemingly unbothered by the chilly ocean winds sweeping ashore this weekday afternoon. We see him through the descending canopies of wooden Jung-jas, or wooden platforms. While likely engaged with the latest smartphone game or a life-or-death Kakaotalk moment, his actions are not surprising. It is these two platforms though, which seem entirely out of place in this moment. Usually found at the crux of country roads, ridgelines or farmer’s fields, these structures are ubiquitous throughout the southern part of Jeolla-do, and elsewhere around the peninsula. Often constructed ad-hoc from materials scrounged from local dumps, these structures hint at the communal aspects of an agrarian past which has become increasingly difficult to see. For, when driving around the countryside these days, many are left unused, or occupied by an increasingly dwindling number of locals.

Despite their perch atop this ferry, these platforms seem somewhat integral to the scene above. In the distance we can see the last of Wando harbor as the boat chugs ahead towards the islands beyond. While the man is engaged in his electronic devise, he nevertheless functions as a bridge of sorts between the nature beyond, and the reproduced hints at a more ‘natural’, agrarian past. When looking carefully, we can see such occurrences often in our lives around Gwangju. While our region still serves as the breadbasket (ricebowl?) of South Korea, visual reminders of communal action with nature related to farming are often underutilized, if not ignored entirely. However, when reproduced through an intentional Disney-fication of nature and an agrarian past, such platforms are once again considered culturally safe for use, albeit this time by a younger generation. For, while the absurd location of these platforms provides a comfortable amount of removal from the past, their communal function remains. In fact, several moments after this photo was taken, half a dozen brave souls, mostly of younger ages, occupied these structures with cigarettes and smartphones in hand, sharing their days with these structures just as intended.

 

[Image taken on Kodak Tri-x 400 with my Contax T2.]

 

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

 

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Scenery of Gwangju at A Look! Sajik Park Observatory


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Today’s post will introduce Gwangju Sajik Park Observatory,

where you can have a great view of Gwangju downtown.

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Although scenery at the top of Mt. Mudeung is great,

Gwangju Sajik Park Observatory presents awesome view also.

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It can be a little challenge to walk up the incline to arrive,

But it will be a fresh walk while looking around well-shaped surroundings.

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By going upstairs passing 3rd floor filled with pictures showing history of Gwangju,

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Sajik Park Observatory with a fair view appears!

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Here’s a scoped-view. It can be a trivial enjoyment finding spots you’ve visited or know of.

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There is a map nearby so that you can acknowledge where you are looking at easily.

How about enjoying your time finding your home and looking at unfamiliar spots of Gwangju?

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With a beautiful night view, here can be a perfect spot for a date.

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When the weather is great and sky is beautiful,

Isn’t it wonderful to visit Gwangju Sajik Park Observatory,

taking the scenery of Gwangju in memories?

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