Seoul gets some pretty damn adorable art installations. (See Rubber Duck!) Just another reason to love this city. The latest installation that has captured the hearts of girls all over Korea is 1600 Pandas+. The name says it all, really, the exhibit is 1600+ paper mache pandas that have been on a world tour for seven years. The pandas actual number 1800 and there’s a good reason for that. The installation’s main objective when it was created in 2008 was to bring awareness to the fact that there were only 1600 pandas living in the wild and in danger of becoming extinct. But the number has grown because of more eco-awareness. So yeah, it’s the most adorable invasion ever, but the message is working. That’s a pretty amazing thing in and of itself.
This is just a sprinkling of what you can find in Hongdae, near Hongik University, as far as the street art goes. But, good god, it was a fantastic day to be there last Wednesday during the Lunar New Year! Very little in the way of “crowds” and most of the stores were still open. We had to hunt for a restaurant because many were closed but we got lucky on that end as well. I really just wanted to be out in the sun, taking pictures of all things colorful and spray paint filled. There is some real talent in those cans. And there is a lot more to take in, so head down there in the morning sometime before the waves of people buying cheap clothes and jewelry crush you under their brand new shoes. This trip really geared me up for spring and jacket wearing weather. Come on, April!