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The Kang Full Cartoon Alley is full of beautiful artwork and is an example of how one person can revitalize an entire neighborhood. Popular webtoon artist Kang Full is a resident of Gangdong-gu, and many of his comics are take place here. His love and affection for his home is evident in his works. Thanks to the Kang Full Cartoon Alley, what was once a quiet neighborhood is becoming a famous tourist attraction.

  

The Kang Full Cartoon Alley was created in 2013 as part of a plan to revitalize Seoul's alleys. In many of Kang Full's comics, the backgrounds are based on actual images. Many of those images are of Gangdong-gu. The hill in I Love You, the elevator that serves as the meeting place for the characters of Love Story, and more are all in Gangdong-gu. Artists and students from Sunsu High School's art club began to draw and paint on the walls and now the neighborhood is a popular tourist attraction.


The main characters of Love Story

 

Before the cartoon alley came into existence, this neighborhood was run-down and quiet. Most of the residents were elderly people living on their own. However, thanks to the Kang Full Cartoon Alley, more people are visiting this corner of Seoul and change for the better has occurred. In the words of one docent, "There are many small changes. There's less litter these days and there are fewer students smoking and leaving around cigarette butts."

Even people who have never read a Kang Full comic can get a sense of Kang Full's style from a visit to the alley. Some of his comics, like  are dark and intense, such as Apartment or Neighbors, but the central theme in most of his work is "love." Walk past the mural of the characters Sangsu and Hui-young working at the Small Star Cafe, (from the comic Fool) and you will see the last mural in the alley. The last mural is "Dongheng," which means "to go together." The message Kang Full wanted to say with this mural: a society that respects its weakest and most vulnerable members, with everyone living in harmony, is a society worth living in.

Kang Full Cartoon Alley is easy to find. Take subway line 5 to Gangdong Station. The alley is a short walk from exit 4 and you will see the elderly couple from  I Love You welcoming you to the alley.


①A sign welcoming visitors to Kang Full Cartoon Alley
②Even the dry cleaner's storefront has been painted

 
Try Out the Docent Program

Gangdong-gu Office operates a docent program for group visitors to Kang Full Cartoon Alley. For parties of 3 or more, a docent will tour the alley with you and explain the stories behind the artworks.
Reservations: Urban Design Division, Gangdong-gu Office +82-2-3425-6133

 

①Artwork indicating a photo zone to visitors
②A message from comic artist Kang Full

 
More Info

Subway : Line 5, Gangdong Station exit 4
Bus :130, 341, 351, 370, 3214
Gangdong Cultural Portal Site (Kor) : culture.gangdong.go.kr
Inquiries : +82-2-3425-5000


 
Other Places to Visit

Historic Site in Amsa-dong, Seoul | An important Neolithic historical site dating back to 4000-3000 B.C. You can see the ruins of an ancient residential structure here. Relics of Korea's Bronze Age, such as pottery, are on display here.

Olympic Park (Eng) http://www.olympicpark.co.kr
Olympic Park was originally constructed for the 1988 Seoul Olympics but it is now used for a variety of purposes, such as an exhibition space, museum, and athletic training facility. Located in Songpa-gu, the park is massive; it is over 1.4 million square meters in size.

[Mar. 08, 2016 17:10  Input /  Publish]