Make art not war in South Korea
Slow down your pace and taking in the quiet of Heyri by staying overnight in one of the architecturally designed guesthouses.
The peaceful Gallery SoSo guesthouse is set among the trees and attached to the intimate Gallery SoSo. The balcony is perfect for resting and reflecting after a day of gallery hopping in the village. The guesthouse set high up in the trees holds four to eight people and is available for group bookings only at 340,000 won per night.
The Motif 1 artists’ residence and guesthouse, run by Lee and opened in 2006, is the perfect place to get inspired. Bookshelves bulging with art, encyclopaedias and travel books line the walls, along with collectibles and the artist’s own photographs. The building was designed by an up-and-coming architect at the time, Minsuk Cho, who is now one of the world’s foremost architects. There are two rooms and a suite that has its own bathroom and kitchen. Rates start at 140,000 won per night.
A leisurely stroll is the best way to get around the village but if you are short on time there are bicycles for hire near the Gate 1 entrance (5,000 won for one hour, 7,000 won for two hours or 13,000 won for the day).
From Seoul, take the subway line 2 to Hapjeong Station and exit 2 for bus 2200 to Heyri (every 15 minutes). On weekends you can’t miss the bus stop; just look for the long queues of shoppers getting on for the nearby Paju discount outlets. Try to get a seat on the left-hand side going there to get a glimpse of the razor wire and checkpoints.