I’ve never lived in an “urban” environment before. But I have been really enjoying the conveniences of downtown Uijeongbu. When it comes to entertainment or food, most of what I could want is in easy walking distance. The neighborhood’s diagonal streets used to fluster me, but after a few months I’ve found them highly navigable. As far as living goes, our present set-up is pretty ideal.
Apart from fixtures like shops and restaurants, my favorite thing about our neighborhood has to be the various events and performances that are usually going on along the main pedestrian road. Usually it’s something simple, like a musician or a band setting up some amps and microphones and playing for the public. But from time to time, something a little more intense goes up and really draws a crowd.
This morning I walked to the bank, and found myself in the middle of an exhibition of children’s art. Evidently part of a three day festival, the paintings were lined up in rows according to age group, while the artists were receiving awards and certificates up on the stage.
I can’t say too much about the specifics of the show, because nothing was in English, but it was delightful. Several paintings were quite good, and the whole thing had a really positive atmosphere. The theme of the pictures seems to be Korean culture/nationhood, and there were plenty of interesting and expressive takes on it.
I love public art, and I’m glad that Uijeongbu’s kids got a chance to contribute to the festival (or whatever’s been going on) this morning. Things like this are what I hope I’ll remember best about this year.