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K-Travel:3個你不能錯過的韓國街頭賣藝地點

HF Crewon June 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

Which cities on earth will be the best place to enjoy street performance? The romantic streets of Paris? How about Seoul? Though Seoul is already well known for its vivacious city life, all kinds of delicacies and fashion, there is one more thing that many foreigners are not familiar with, but an essential component that completes its nickname, heart of Korea – busking. Also referred to as street performance, busking closely relates with the daily lives of youngsters in Seoul. You can easily see young artists busking on the streets with a decent crowd on the streets of Seoul.

世上有那一個地方最適合欣賞街頭表演?是以浪漫見稱的巴黎嗎?那首爾呢?雖然首爾給人的印象是一個活潑,充滿美食和時尚的地方,但它其實亦有鮮為人知的一面,就是屬於「韓國心脈」之一的賣藝文化(Busking)。賣藝也稱為街頭表演,但賣藝就比較適合韓國年輕人的日常生活。你可以很容易在韓國發現年輕藝術家在人潮擠擁的街頭上賣藝。

Hf will introduce you the top three hottest busking districts that will take your trip to Seoul to a whole new level. Every corner of those spots blooms with vigorous energy of creative young artists. The terminology busk means to perform on streets, and hence busker stands for those performers. Since they throw public concerts on their own initiatives, anyone can perform, join and or participate in various forms of artistic activities.

Hf會為你介紹首爾3個最熱門的賣藝地點,這些地點的每一個角落都有著不同精力旺盛的年輕藝術家在綻放他們的創造力,讓你下次再來韓國時可以感受到首爾的另一面。Busk是指街頭表演,因此Busker代表著以這種方式表演的人。由於這種表演的宗旨是在街頭進行讓公眾參與的演唱會,所以任何人都可以自由表演、參與演出或做觀眾去看各種形式的藝術活動。

Hongdae 弘大(홍대)

A region adjacent to Hongik University, Hongdae, is a unique place in Seoul, exclusively known for its art performances and hippie cultures of the young. Hongik University has one of the top art schools, which explains why this region became so renowned for young artists. Clearly enough, many walls in this region are filled with graffiti as if they want to be recognized for their existence. In fact, there are many unique streets in Hongdae, such as Picasso Street, Café Street and Rodeo Street that represent Korean 20s’ trend and their cultures.

鄰近弘益大學的弘大是一個很獨特的地方,以年輕的藝術表演和嬉皮文化而聞名。弘益大學是頂級的藝術大學,這也解釋了為何弘大會因年輕藝術家而變得知名。這區的牆壁充滿著塗 鴉藝術,這也代表了年輕藝術家想被記著的想法。事實上,弘大有很多獨特的街道,倒如Picasso Street、Café Street和Rodeo Street,這些亦代表了韓國千嬉年代的潮流和文化。

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So, which spot exactly in Hongdae is hot right now? It’s this pedestrian-friendly Street (걷고 싶은 거리) that we want to introduce. This flamboyant street is the core scene of art, clubbing and busking. It is about a 1km-long road in front of Hongik University, where dozens of clubs, theaters and halls make up the area. Though it looks like just another public playground, Hongdae Playground (홍대 놀이터) is the symbol of indie music buskers. Some indie artists have turned into celebrities, such as Busker Busker and 10 cm.

那麼有哪一個地方在弘大現正是大熱呢?正是準備要為大家介紹的걷고 싶은 거리(直譯:行人方便道)。這條華麗的街道是藝術、酒吧和賣藝的核心。걷고 싶은 거리位於弘益大學前面,是由很多酒吧、劇院和會堂組成的路,全長約1公里。另外就是看起來雖然只像一個公共遊樂場的弘大遊樂場(홍대 놀이터),但它是獨立街頭音樂表演者的象徵,更有一些獨立音樂人成為了藝人,例如Busker Busker和10 cm。

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It doesn’t end here. Hongik University is also the hub for wannabe musicians. They often borrow a café or a bar for one day and open up their own live music pub. When you visit this area, open your eyes widely; though they might look like normal students during the day, they might be famous buskers or DJs night.

弘益大學亦是想成為音樂家的人的樞紐。他們經常會租用café或酒吧一天去開自己的現場音樂會。當你來到這個地區,你將會大開眼界,因為雖然他們白天只是一個普通的學生,但晚上就會搖身一變成為著名的賣藝者或DJ。

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Daehakro 大學路(대학로)

Daehakro literally means the street of university; it is named so since it was the heart of university movements in the ‘90s, the home to Seoul National University before it relocated to its location now. Daehakro was a cultural hub way before Hongdae, dating its history back to the ‘70s. Marronnier park is a square where the city council opened its outdoor stages for everyone’s use, free of charge. You can see many buskers around the park. Unlike Hongdae, Daehakro is more for singer-song writers with acoustic guitars. If buskers in Hongdae excite and agitate spectators, those in Daehakro mostly soothes and calms them down. But not always! Famous K-pop idol girl group EXID once busked “Up & Down” in this region.

大學路的字面意思就是大學的街道,如此命名是因為它是90年代大學運動的心臟地點,是首爾大學的原址。由70年代開始,大學路已經是文化樞紐,比弘大發展得更早。Marronnier park是一個讓人免費使用的廣場,你可以看到很多賣藝者在廣場內表演。相比起弘大,大學路比較多唱作歌手以吉他作表演。如果弘大的表演者是代表刺激和鼓勵,那麼大學路的就是讓人舒緩和鎮靜。當然這並非必然,著名的K-Pop偶像團體EXID亦曾經在這裡表演她們的歌曲「Up & Down」。

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Most universities in Daehakro are branch campuses for arts and theater departments. Hence Daehakro gives more chances for busking; not only underground musicians but also aspirants to a screen career can easily be seen. Next to the park, there is an Artistic House which sponsors talented artists who are in need of financial support. If you are interested in modern Korean arts, Daehakro is a must-visit place.

多數大學都會把學校的藝術和戲劇部置於大學路。因此大學路能給更多機會予賣藝文化,不但地下音樂人,就連有志於銀幕工作的人都能在此找到。在公園旁邊有一個Artistic House專門贊助一些需要資金的藝術家。如果你對現代韓國藝術有興趣的話,那你就一定要到大學路逛逛。

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Itaewon梨泰院 (이태원)

Itaewon is a foreign village and a western town that is somewhat similar to the reverse version of Korea towns in foreign countries. In terms of busking areas in Itaewon, areas near Hamilton Hotel serve as the core of busking. Mostly buskers of reggae, hip hop and jazz perform in Itaewon. Some musicians with exotic instruments such as ukulele can be also seen. One of the famous buskers is the trio band “Bud,” known for busking to Latin jazz.

梨泰院是與傳統韓國建築相反的地方,像是一個外國村莊和西部小鎮。數到梨泰院的街頭賣藝,在首爾哈密爾頓酒店附近的區域就是梨泰院賣藝的核心地方。大部份的reggae、hip hop和jazz類的賣藝者都會選擇梨泰院。有些用異國風情樂器的賣藝者,如Ukulele表演,你都可以在這裡看到。其中一個著名的賣藝者是擅長Latin jazz的三人樂隊Bud。

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Recently, other music genres of busking have been blooming as well. Soyun Park, who is also as known as the goddess of indie music, threw numerous busking performances and successfully released a single album a year ago. Sometimes, some street performances are supported to be organized in this area. Itaewon has a yearly event called “Itaewon Global Village Festival,” where busking is the main event.

最近,其他音樂類型的街頭賣藝亦開始在綻放。被稱為獨立音樂女神的Soyun Park進行過無數次的賣藝,而一年前亦成功發行了第一張專輯。有時候,梨泰院會組織一些街頭表演,而近年的《Itaewon Global Village Festival》亦以賣藝作主打。

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These three hottest busking places are much renowned for the quality of performances and also by the unique culture. Rock and pop, or indie style music buskers pin-point Hongdae, acoustic guitar singer song writers actively stage in Daehakro, and jazz hip hop lovers indulge into Itaewon. The improving quality of street performances attract more and more enthusiastic audiences who will support the buskers to continue. All these hottest spots are in Seoul waiting for your visit!

這三個熱門的賣藝地點是以表演的質素和獨特文化所著名。如果喜歡搖滾、流行,或獨立的音樂風格那你就要留意弘大,若然是喜歡以吉他作樂器的唱作歌手那就可以去大學路,而爵士嘻哈愛好者就應該到梨泰院。質素一直在提升的賣藝文化吸引到越來越多熱衷於街頭文化的觀眾支持,首爾的熱門賣藝地點都等待著你的光臨!

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TEXT: SEONGMIN KIM
CHINESE TRANSLATION: LITTLEBUNNY
DESIGN: CYAN F/HOKK FABRICA

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