While Mangwon-dong has a past strongly associated with the World Cup, it is also a neighborhood filled with artists and musicians alike who are constantly experimenting with new ways to bring vibrancy to the neighborhood. Located next to the market, the Gallery Alter Ego is one great example of Mangwon-dong’s colorful personality. Alter Ego attempts to redefine the narrow definition of “gallery” by exhibiting various new types of art. Decorated by owner and art collector Ok Bo-kyung, the space is a renovated house where her husband grew up. She believes that a gallery shouldn’t be perceived as a hobby undertaken by a wealthy housewife, but as a new project launched by an art collector with a keen eye. Rather than focusing purely on the commercial aspects of artists, Bo-kyung does her best to introduce new exhibits and more independent artists. While exhibitions are scheduled biannually (once in the spring and once in the fall), there are several small projects that take place in between. Stop by the gallery and become a part of the growing artistic world in Mangwon-dong.
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