A few months ago, I moved to a part of Daegu, South Korea that’s surrounded by three American military bases. I had mixed feelings about living in this area. On one hand, there would be lots of Americans and other westerners roaming around. On the other, I would have to look at the concrete, barb-wired walls of the bases on a daily basis.
Once the chaos of moving settled and I was able to notice my surroundings, I realized that the cold, concrete walls weren’t always so bad at all, thanks to the work of some local artists.
After noticing the mural painted on the wall of the military base, I started noticing more and more of them throughout the city. I couldn’t believe how many murals I saw. They’re under bridges, on the roadways, in back alleys, near hospitals and schools- they’re everywhere. Throughout my next few posts, I’m going to share with you the murals of Daegu. Some are tucked away, visible to people who happen to glance down an alley in passing, only to be surprised by a work of art. Others were done illegally, possibly under the cover of night or even blatantly, during the day. And yet others are so big and obvious that they’re often missed by motorists and passersby. So far, the experience has reminded me that it’s good to slow down, take a moment, and look around. You may be surprised at what you can see.