A 20-year-old South Korean law mandates owners of large buildings to set aside 1% of construction coststo commission a piece of art for public display. As a result, sculptures, installations, and artwork permeate many residential and commercial areas in the ROK. While you’ll be hard-pressed to walk a few blocks without seeing any of the aforementioned artistic works on display, locating various graffiti and street art may not be so easy.
There are little to no legal consequences for street artists in Korea, allowing for a plentiful assortment of artwork. Hidden between alleys and underneath overpasses, many stunning works of art seemingly exist only to those who actively search for them. If you’re lucky, you can wander around and stumble upon some of these pieces lurking around corners and along quiet streets. Here are some of the many thought-provoking and visually satisfying works of street art from various neighbourhoods in Busan.