Comparing Historical Markets in London VS Seoul

2015 Winter — London, UK (& throwback to Seoul)

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Last week, I walked from Elephant & Castle to Shoreditch and stopped by few touristy places. (It was raining quite heavily and I did not have an umbrella — and I walked almost like an hour… I think I was insane…)  It was horribly tired day, but still I found interesting places in London — LeadenHall Market. Its historic architecture and uniformed design of every store inside the market building reminded me of Korean market street called In-sa-dong. I would like to introduce both markets to you all 🙂

저번주에 엘카에 위치한 학교에서부터 걸어서 한시간 정도 걸리는 쇼디치를 중간중간 들릴 곳을 정해놓고 걸어서 갔다 … 비도 오는 날에 미쳤다고 모자 하나 달랑 쓰고… 그래도 나름 그 날 볼려고 했던 것은 다 보았으니 목적달성 ㅠㅠ 그 날 잠시 들렸던 LeadenHall Market은 특히 더 기억에 남고 한국의 인사동이 생각나는 곳이라 비교 포스팅을 한 번 적어보려 한다 🙂

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Do any Harry Potter Fans recognize these movie scenes?
혹시 해리포터에 나온 이 장면들 기억하시는 분?!
Harry Potter : Diagon Alley From movie ; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)(Screengrab)
Harry Potter : Diagon Alley
From movie ; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)(Screengrab)
Harry Potter : Leaky Cauldron Pub  From : http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Leaky_Cauldron
Harry Potter : Leaky Cauldron Pub
From : http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Leaky_Cauldron

These specific scenes about Diagon Alley (top) and Leaky Cauldron Pub (bottom) were filmed at LeadenHall Market. Although now there are different stores in the same spot, doesn’t this already motivate you to visit here? 해리포터의 다이아곤 앨리와 리키 칼드론 펍을 촬영한 곳이 바로 LeadenHall Market! 지금은 촬영한 장소에 다른 가게들이 생긴 것으로 알고 있지만, 그래도 방문할만한 가치가 있는 아름다운 마켓이다. 특히 해리포터 팬이라면 쫌 땡기지 않으시나요? 😀

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Here comes the photos of recent shapes of LeadenHall Market!
여기서부턴 LeadenHall Market 리든홀 마켓의 뜨끈뜨끈한 최근 모습!
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject

What a gorgeous looking market.. probably the most fancy-looking market I have ever been to. 내가 가본 마켓 중에선 제일 웅장하고 멋있었던 마켓 — 마켓이라고조차 부르면 안될 것 같은 아우라가 팍팍…

Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject

These two sculpture on the ceiling seemed like a part of arts projects in London 2014. “Time here becomes space” “Space here becomes time” — they go along quite well with this historical marketplace.

천장에 쓰여져 있는 문구 장식은 2014년에 진행되었던 런던의 아트 프로젝트에 일환인 것처럼 보인다. “이 곳의 시간은 공간이 된다” “이 장소는 시간이 된다” 직역하니까 좀 이상하지만.. 어쨌든 이 역사적인 마켓에 잘 어울리는 문구같다.

Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject
Leadenhall Market (london) @sosunnyproject

!! My two favorite photos of LeadenHall Market !! Not so sure why all the books are hanging right there.. Does anyone know about it??? Please leave a comment if you do!! 

The reason why LeadenHall Market reminded me of In-sa-dong place in South Korea, was its uniformed style of stores, as shown in the bottom photo. They prioritized the image/brand of LeadenHall Market to the stores’ individual characteristics — which makes LeadenHall Market more special and distinct, I believe. It is bit sad that stores that cannot promote in their own ways, but this kind of design makes the identity of LeadenHall Market much more clear.

리든홀 마켓에서 찍은 사진들중 최고로 좋아하는 사진 두장! 저 책들은 무슨 연유로 저렇게 길을 장식하고 있는지는 모르겠다.. 아는 분들은 코멘트 꼭 달아주세요! 🙂

리든홀 마켓을 보고 인사동을 떠올린 가장 큰 이유 중 하나는 두번째 사진처럼 통일화된 가게 간판 디자인이다.  이런 방식으로 리든홀은 가게 각각의 개성을 죽이기는 했지만 마켓 전체의 브랜드를 살렸다. 역사적이고 오래된 마켓의 전통과 어울리게끔 가게들의 디자인을 싹 다 바꿔놓았다. 개인적으로는 이런 방식이 리든홀 마켓을 더 고유하고 특별하게 만드는 것 같아서 마음에 든다.

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Then, what is its similarity with In-Sa-dong? 그렇다면, 인사동은?

In South Korea, there’s a similar street marketplace in which every store can only use Korean, instead of English, which has become a common language used in store signs. Honestly, I think this Korean sign movement should spread out more and more !! Also, from their exterior appearances, LeadenHall Market and In-sa-dong both look like they try to preserve the places in their own ways — almost like a planned street/area as part of urban planning.

한국인들이라면 다 알겠지만, 인사동은 가게 간판들이 다 한글로 써져있는 것으로 유명하다. (아직도 이게 계속 지켜지고 있는지는 모르겠지만, 꼭 그렇기를…) 영어로 간판이 도배되고 있는 시기에 한글간판 운동은 사람들에게 신선하게 다가왔으며 전통문화에 대한 자각도 함께 해주었다. 외관적인 것만 비교해 보아도, 리든홀 마켓과 인사동은 마치 계획도시처럼 그들만의 형태/디자인을 고수하려고 하는 것이 보인다. 리든홀 마켓이 그 특성이 좀 더 강하긴 하지만.

In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea. From : http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup
In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Photo from : http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup

Store signs in Korean!

In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea From : http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup
In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Photo from : http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup

Inside of Ssam-ji-gil market building in In-sa-dong.

In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea

(photos below) Street decorations in Ssam-ji-gil, In-sa-dong. Second one is Korean traditional wooden sculpture: it was often built in front of every village in traditional Korean society. As a myth, people believed it kicked out evil spirits and protected their villages.

In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea
In-sa-dong, Seoul, South Korea

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(photo below) This is just a bonus photo of Korean traditional village, called Buk-Chon village, right next to In-sa-dong. If you are traveling Seoul, this is MUST-VISIT-SPOT like must must must must…. cannot stress more…

Buk-Chon, Seoul, South Korea. Photo from : http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup

***The photos of In-sa-dong are mostly from this blog — Please visit here if you are interested in looking up more photos of this Korean market place and traditional Korean village! Another blog in second link has more photos of Korean signs in In-sa-dong!

  1. http://www.12go.co.kr/01travelstory/01_view.asp?s_idx=3422&nt_rcate1=&nt_rcate2=&nt_rcate3=&page_gubun=&wpage=S#reup
  2. http://blog.daum.net/_blog/BlogTypeView.do?blogid=0edgw&articleno=2297

첫번째 링크의 블로그에서 퍼온 사진들이 많으니 관심있으시다면 클릭해서 구경하세요! 인사동과 북촌에 대한 짤막한 소개와 이쁜 사진들이 많이 있습니다 🙂 두번째 링크에는 인사동의 한글 간판 사진들이 많이 있네요!

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LeadenHall Market has its long history (since 1300 and it even survived Great Fire). Specific details about its history as a market can be found here. In-sa-dong also has a very long history. (Check out this website! You can select English on top right corner.)

Summary of history : In Chosun dynasty (one of Korean traditional kingdoms, 1392-1910), governmental arts department was located in In-sa-dong, so there were lots of popular artists living and working here. When Japan colonized Korea, many upper classes who lived in Buk-chon area lost their jobs and money; then, In-sa-dong became like a marketplace selling their antique furnitures and valuable possessions. After colonization, many artists gathered in this place and opened galleries — this attracted other people to open traditional tea cafes and restaurants as well.

A lot of must-visit places in UK are historical spots. I honestly respect how much UK cares about its history and about preserving its own identity. South Korea should learn this attitude & policies that respect and preserve one’s own traditional culture. In-sa-dong and Buk-Chon village would be two of the best examples that try to preserve Korea’s own identity among street marketplaces. Buk-Chon village has a lot of Korean traditional houses, called Han-Ok. You might be able to go inside of few of them and most restaurants, cafes, and galleries in this area also maintained traditional Korean styles.

Hope these kinds of traditional marketplaces are preserved by every government in the world, and especially in South Korea 🙂

리든홀마켓의 역사가 생각보다 굉장히 오래되었다. 1300년대부터 시작해서 런던의 화재도 이겨내고 다시 살아난 마켓. 음식 재료를 파는 마켓이었다가, 옷 자재를 파는 마켓이기도 했다가, 이래저래 역사와 함께 많은 과정을 겪어간 리든홀마켓을 잘 보존하려는 자세가 굉장히 영국스럽다는 생각이 든다. 사실 영국/런던에서 방문해야 한다는 곳들을 보면 역사적인 곳들이 정말 많다. 영국은 자기네꺼를 심각하게 좋아한다는 친구의 말이 정확하다는 걸 하루하루 실감한다. 그리고 그런 자세를 한국이 (물론 모든 나라가!) 많이 배워야 한다고 생각한다. 자꾸 글로벌 시대 어쩌고 하면서 외부의 것만 가져 오려고 하고 우리만의 전통문화, 역사 등이 담긴 것들은 잊혀지는 것 같아서 안타까울 때가 많다.

리든홀만큼 (혹은 그보다) 오래된 역사를 가진 인사동을 그래도 잘 지켜나가고 있는 것 같아서 다행이고 앞으로도 곳곳에 숨어있는 우리나라만의 흔적이 담긴 곳들이 공식적으로 잘 보존되었으면 한다.

Does anyone want to introduce their region’s special/traditional markets?? Please leave a comment!! 🙂

자기 동네/지역만의 전통적인 혹은 특별한 마켓이 있다면 댓글로 알려주세요 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Comparing Historical Markets in London VS Seoul

  1. I’ve never been to Leadenhall market either! It looks amazing (and free of rain). There’s a cafe near where i live in a theatre, the Park Theatre, just by finsbury park tube (upstairs bar) that has books hanging from the ceiling just like you found in the market. I think it looks amazing wherever you do it. Interesting comparison with Korea – such a different architectural vernacular. Nicola

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  2. i need to go to the harry potter locations maaaan! I never knew.. and I call myself a fan hmmph. Also, I’ve never been to korea and I really want to go now! I feel like quitting uni now ahhhh! Your pictures are really nice btw! 😀

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    1. hahaha i think the background of movie scenes look so different from current leadenhall market though! Most photos of Korean place were from different blogs but that place is really beautiful! You should visit me later 😀

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