Seoul Photo Festival

Last Saturday afternoon (November 24th), we spent our late afternoon at the “Seoul Photo Festival”. The exhibit opened on November 21st and will run until the end of December. According to their website, the exhibit is being held at three venues: Seoul History Museum, Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul City Hall. We decided to go to Seoul City Hall, but we were told to go to SeMA or the Seoul Museum of Art, located just a few meters away.

The exhibit is free and the museum is open until 6 o’clock in the evening. We were there for almost two hours and it was just enough to see all the photos on display. Just walk along Deoksu-gung’s Stonewall road until you get to the rotary. The museum is on the left side.

The photos on exhibit is a combination of old and modern Seoul. Some have been published, while others are privately owned. It’s amazing to see how the places I know looked like before. One of my favorite photos is that of a farmer in Apgujeong. The neighborhood known as “Apgujeong” is located in Gangnam and is one of the ritziest, most expensive places in Seoul now. The photograph was taken in 1977, just 35 years ago. Can you imagine how fast the city has progressed?

Apgujeong, 1977

There is one photograph that made me sad, though. It’s of a house that was going to be demolished for an apartment project. Outside the walls of the property is written : “네 집 사랑합니다” or “I love you, my house.” I can just imagine how the owner might have felt.

What I love most about the exhibit is that the photographs are real and unpretentious. I especially like looking at the personal photos of Seoulites. They made me think about how we used to live in Angeles City, Philippines.

The photos taken during the 1980s that were on display reminded me of a book about Korea that was written by a Filipino, “Skycrapers, Celadon and Kimchi”. The author of the book was in Korea during the early 80s.

The Seoul Photo Festival is a must-visit exhibit. Not only did I enjoy looking at the photos, I also learned more about my city. I love Seoul more! Too bad that there are no English captions explaining about the photos when we visited.

Here are more pictures I took at the exhibit:

6 thoughts on “Seoul Photo Festival

  • December 1, 2012 at 8:31 am
    Permalink

    Seoul — very beautiful city. It keeps many secrets and stories.

    Reply
  • December 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Permalink

    Your son is very cute ^^

    Reply
  • December 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    Permalink

    Looks like a nice exhibit! Maybe I’ll check it out after work some evening!

    Reply
  • December 6, 2012 at 1:11 am
    Permalink

    grabe yung kor dati after nila ma-wipe-out. kaya sobrang bilib ako sa pag angat ng korea. As a filipino, i will never ever lose hope. Sana umangat din ang pinas. Sana maging kasing sipag at united natin ang kor. Grabe idol talaga!

    Reply
    • December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am
      Permalink

      Oo, kaya nga kung mayabang man sila eh meron talaga silang ipagyayabang.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: