It’s not easy to live by yourself and clear the daily chores like tidying the house or cooking meals for yourself at home.
To some people, decorating or tidying up a house isn’t a big deal but I personally think it’s a very important aspect. I mean, it’s your everyday environment. Of course, those that enjoy the chaotic state can still be happy about it. I’m not talking about the perfect tidiness or maintaining the cleanness at all times. It’s more important to keep an environment that makes you feel comfortable and do the things you like consistently, even if it’s something trivial throughout your day. I believe keeping up with the small, everyday aspect of life holds out life as a whole. This is me speaking but actually when I get busy my house becomes chaotic too.(laugh)
What do you like about this neighborhood?
There’s no specific reason, I just like it. It only takes a short walk from the Gwanghwamun intersection to the Gyeongbokgung station but the atmosphere changes pretty dramatically along the way. You’re surrounded by tall office buildings near the Gwanghwamun area, where it’s nice to see how the city runs in harmony, and as you walk towards Gyeongbokgung, the tall buildings suddenly disappear out of your sight and instead you see the mountain, the trees and feel the warmth of sun, which I think is great. I also like the street that starts near the Blue House and stretches down to the Gyeongbokgung Stonewall Walkway. This is where poet Youngdo Lee described of its beautiful scenery just before sunset which I completely related to. The commercial area in Gwanghwamun is another place that I like. Nowadays people create this certain atmosphere in order to popularize a commercial area but in Gwanghwamun there’s no such vibe; it’s just all sorts of stores jammed in one big building. No color, no specialness but it actually makes me feel comfortable about it.