My second feature on our trip to South Korea is the incredible Bathhouse in Bukchon, Seoul. Chris and I wandered through Bukchon Hanok Village one morning whilst P was sorting out her visa. Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village located between Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace. We expected to be taking photos of old traditional Hanok houses but instead found ourselves stumbling upon and ogling over all the artists and creatives who have inhabited the area.
The two-story bathhouse was my favourite of our finds. Jungangtang, was a public bathhouse, initially used as a shower room by athletes of the local High School. It started business as a public bathhouse in 1969. Although it had more than 150 customers in the early days, toward the end it was only frequented by 20 to 30 regulars. The elderly owner of the dilapidated public bathhouse ended up having to close the business upon which the building was restored to its (beautiful) bare bones by Gentle Monster.
Gentle Monster, my new design obsession, is an eye-wear brand with stores across Asia and two stores in the US. They make some of the most beautiful glasses my healthy blue eyes have ever seen and I cannot wait to own a pair of my very own. Each of their showrooms is a unique, gallery type space complete with some form of art installation. The concept is brilliant and as I mentioned in my first post, it again shows how much value South Korean's place on design. Check out their website to feast your eyes on their other showrooms, a must if you're lacking inspiration.