Free market’s artsy, festival feel is priceless
‘It’s not merely about selling goods... I hope that Busan’s residents and tourists alike will have a memorable time here while admiring the artwork.’
Every weekend, the Art Free Market is held at Dalmaji (greet the moon) Hill. Photo shows foreign tourists browsing through mini canvas paintings handcrafted by artists.
Charming props and lovely accessories, cute dolls and delightful artwork are laid out for all to see, while a long line forms in front of a street artist drawing caricatures for people.
At 2 p.m. on March 8, the first Dalmaji (greet the moon) Hill Free Market opened at the Haewoljeong (sea and moon pavilion) Plaza at the top of Dalmaji Hill. Crowds gathered despite the last cold snap of the winter and immersed themselves in the coziness of the free market atmosphere.
“Every piece of artwork is especially precious because it is handmade,” said Lee Mi-young, 39, of Jung-dong, Haeundae. “It would be a shame not to buy one, and I’m eager to look at all the items on display at the market.
Cultural events such as guitar performances are held.
”This year’s free market is more like an artwork contest, with 65 of Busan’s regional artists displaying their work to the public. The carefully created artworks are remarkable and must not be missed - handmade earrings, necklaces made of beads, ceramics and even hanji craft (traditional Korean paper handmade from mulberry trees).
It is a true pleasure just admiring the artwork shown. Busan dancers and performance artists also participate in the free market to provide diverse entertainment like hip hop, singing and pantomime.
“The canvas painting of Gamcheon Culture Village was so adorable,” said Christy Nagy from the United States, who came with a group of friends.
A couple admiring the artwork of the free market.
“Admiring the wonderful trinkets and unique works by the artists made me forget how time passed by.
”Sellers of artwork also thoroughly enjoyed the free market. Instead of having a strictly commercial purpose, the free market is akin to a festival and adds some life to the Dalmaji area.
“It’s not merely about selling goods,” said Pyo Gipum, 27, who sells knitted items. “I hope that Busan’s residents and tourists alike will have a memorable time here while admiring the artwork.”
Every weekend, visitors can find splendid cafes, an exotic atmosphere and beautiful artwork at Dalmaji Hill. Many foreigners like to stroll this neighborhood to visit the restaurants and marvelous art galleries. At night, one can meditate to the sound of crashing waves on Moontan Road, a forest promenade in Dalmaji.
If there is nothing special planned during the weekend, why not hop over to Dalmaji to experience a colorful and memorable outing.
Dalmaji Free Market is open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through November. In July and August, hours will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the website (cafe.naver.com/dalfmarket).