Hongdae Streets Walking Tour

Saturday, March 10, 2018 -
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Hongdae district, Seoul
W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jon Dunbar


Since the mid-'90s, the area around Hongik University has been known for its community of musicians. As Korea's independent musicians struggled with obscurity, eventually becoming a cultural force in their own right, they redefined how many people view Korea's culture and music. Their growing profile led to forces of gentrification that commercialised the area, opening it to chain stores and large corporations as rising rent pushes out the community that began it all.

We will make our way across the area, starting at Sinchon Station and ending around Hapjeong Station. On the way, we'll pass by the Gyeongui Line Forest Park, a new park built on the former location of train tracks, now submerged deep underground. We will pass by some major construction projects that show the changing nature of the area. On one corner of this is the former location of Duriban, where evicted restauranteurs held a 525-day sit-in protest backed by Korea's indie music community, and we'll follow them to their new location.

We'll also see the former locations of seminal music venues including Skunk Hell and Club Drug, including what might be the oldest extant graffiti in Korea. Our walk will take us along "like-to-walk" street, thick with crowds and street performers on one end and used as a parking lot on another. We'll go to Hongdae Playground, the central nexus of the whole area, and stories of crazier times will be shared all along the way.

At the end of the tour, we'll likely stick around the area for food and drinks and maybe a concert, not covered by the tour participation fee.

Jon Dunbar has been a part of the Korean punk scene since December 2003. He's published 24 issues of the punk zine Broke in Korea and operates Korea's oldest English-language blog heavily focused on underground culture, as well as managing the Korean Punk and Hardcore Facebook page which has over 10,000 followers. He's been working on a book about punk in Korea, which will be finished someday.

Important Notes:  We will meet the group at the top of the stairs of Exit 8, Sinchon Station (line 2, green line) at 2 pm. This is Sinchon between Hongdae and Ewha Women's University; NOT the one near Jamsil station! Please do not mix them up.

Check for confirmation of event on Thursday, March 8, at www.raskbk.com

To register, email the below RSVP information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com or simply click here by Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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