Posts categorized “place”.

July 8th, 2010

Abandoned Market

I’ve been working on Anyang Public Art Project so called APAP with Argentinean architect, Mauricio Corbalan, and we went to this abandoned market place in Bisan-dong, Anyang City, the other day to arrange a possible interview with this old couple who run a restaurant in an abandoned market place.

The lunch time was getting close, Mauricio and I ordered Konguksu, the only dish they serve in the summer. As we started small talks with them, the old couple offered us some beer and told us a bit about the market and their stories – how busy the market was when they started the restaurant back in December, 1971, how well their business went, and how they were able to make enough money to bring up and educate all of their four children.

Things started changing sometime last year since the city announced the re-development of the area. Most of the shops in the market closed the businesses and the market is almost abandoned now. There were still regular customers who come to reminisce the good old times, however, it doesn’t seem like it would last long enough.

Visiting the market place made me think once again, how quickly things change, and how closely our lives evolve with the changes of environments. It is sad that it’s not only the environment we lose when places disappear and it doesn’t seem like we realize what they are until we lose them.

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semame oil extracting machines

sesame oils.

almost abandoned.

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June 29th, 2010

Toy Camera

While I was walking around in Chungmuro with John, we found this random toy camera shop called Toy Camera. Since the store is off the main street and also on the third floor on a rustic building, it might not be easy to locate if you don’t try hard enough, however, you’re good to go as soon as you see this door with a Lomo sign.

I’ve had a few toy cameras around but never had one I got super excited about. Diana+ was close enough but I never got to learn how to take decent shots with it. Then I thought I would give a try to Holga GCFN, the one with a glass lens unlike most of the toy cameras with plastic lenses. I was quite excited when I learned this shop had it, and had to go back to get one a few weeks later.

This shop has an extensive list of toy cameras as well as some nice films at good prices. If you’re into photography and look for some toys to play with, go to Chungmuro and check out this store. Definitely worth a try. The marketing manager of this shop, Justin, is a friendly guy and he speaks fairly good English as well so you will be fine even if you don’t speak Korean.

The address is 3F, 58-2, Chungmuro 3-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul and the phone number is +82(2)2285.5640.

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