Jidong Mural Village [지동벽화마을]

Our Beloved Summer (2021-22)

Changryongmun-ro [창룡문로]

No. 75-5 — This is where Kook Yeon-soo (Kim Da-mi) lives together with her grandmother Kang Ja-kyung (Cha Mi-kyung) in Our Beloved Summer/That Year We (그 해 우리는) (SBS/Netflix, 2021-22)

Changryongmun-ro 7-gil [창룡문로7번길]

No. 132-12 — After bickering a bit in front of this house’s heart mural, Choi Woong (Choi Woo-shik) asks Kook Yeon-soo (Kim Da-mi) if she wants to come over to his place in episode 12 of Our Beloved Summer/That Year We (그 해 우리는) (SBS/Netflix, 2021-22).

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Jidong Mural Village [지동벽화마을], sometimes also stylized as Ji-dong Mural Village, is a mural village and a cultural heritage protection area located in Suwon’s neighborhood Ji [Ji-dong/지동] in the Paldal District [Paldal-gu/팔달구]; in walking distance to/from Suwon Jeil Church [수원제일교회], Suwon Technical High School [수원공업고등학교], and close to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress [수원 화성]‘s Changryongmun Gate [창룡문].

According to Lonely Planet writer Trent Holden, this mural village and its extensive “warren-like alleyways” come with “a memorable backdrop of Joseon-dynasty palace walls”. The murals’ themes range from “paper airplanes, balloons […] to a cavalcade of colourful bicycles spanning its crumbling brick walls”. Other drawings include a depiction of an old lady carrying a baby, of which the main character is the owner of Jidong Super [지동슈퍼].

The murals were painted under the Jidong Mural Painting Project (지동 벽화 그리기 프로젝트), which started in 2011, when streets like Paldalmun-ro 41beon-gil [팔달문로41번길] were decorated with murals and also colorful flower pots and benches. In 2012 and 2013, new paintings were added in the neighboring streets. Most paintings were drawn by volunteers such as Samsung Electronics’ team and high school students, local residents, or local children; only a few were created by art college students. Formerly an area where elderly, poor families, and foreign workers lived, this neighborhood became gentrified in recent years, when artists began to move here and established workshops and cafes.

Most visitors start visiting this village at the Jidong Changryong Village Creative Center [지동창룡마을창작센터]. According to this blog entry from July 2017, maps are handed out and one can follow a ‘stamp route’ to collect stamps.

Address of House
75-5 Changryongmun-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do.
경기도 수원시 팔달구 창룡문로 75-5
(지동 301-69)
Geolocation: 37.283931, 127.023992

‘Asking out’ scene in Our Beloved Summer
132-12 Changnyongmun-ro 7beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 수원시 팔달구 창룡문로7번길 132-12
(지동 301-40)
Geolocation: 37.283693, 127.023770

Jidong Changryong Village Creative Center [지동창룡마을창작센터/창룡마을 창작센터]
34 Changnyongmun-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 수원시 팔달구 창룡문로 34
(지동 294-8)
Geolocation: 37.280396, 127.021493

Getting here
Maegyo Station [매교역], Suin-Bundang Line, Exit 6 or 7
(35 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL on January 13, 2022

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