Recently, I visited Migeun-dong(미근동) several times,which is an old village and located in Seodaemun-gu(서대문구) near downtown Seoul. There are lots of old fashioned buildings built near by the side of railway on the Gyeongui Line over which Seosomun Overpass is crossing.The habitability of housing, including old Seosomun Apartment, is not so satisfied owing to the some noise and inconvenient environment. Nevertheless, the unique and lively sceneries of the village, which is scheduled for regeneration within the near future, are so colorful and somehow attractive for sketching. I drew some disordered but interesting sceneries around the old fashioned hidden village.
a scene of the village along the street
Seosomun Apartment(서소문 아파트), one of the oldest ones in Seoul
a scene viewed from the railroad crossing(서소문 건널목)
another scene viewed from the railroad crossing
a scene looking at Seosomun Overpass(서소문 고가)
the National Policy Agency(경찰청), a landmark at Migeun-dong
buildings around Migeun-dong including Gyeongui Line(경의선)
an old restaurant
a snack stall and a shoe repair shop
a narrow alley passing through Seosomun Apartment
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm )
서소문과 서대문,충정로를 잇는 철길 주변의 오래된 동네 ,
해방 이전과 경제개발 시대의 잔상이 곳곳에 남아있습니다.
도심 빌딩의 틈사이로 비치는 그늘진 뒤안길 속을 헤치며
생생한 모습을 그리다 보면 왠지 이국적 느낌에 젖어듭니다.