The Quiet Place

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

Insadong, Seoul, South Korea 

In the heart of Seoul is a bustling area called Insadong that is full of narrow alleyways packed with art galleries, tea shops, and small restaurants. There are craft shops selling paper fans and boxes, antique stores, and pottery shops galore. Street stalls sell anything from fresh smoothies to dehydrated cuttlefish, and there are regular large-scale art installations to marvel at. In the midst of all this cultural chaos — in the quiet back stairwell of an open air boutique complex — I stumbled upon this beautifully painted bench that gave me a welcome 'artfully' quiet respite from the chaos outside.