Gum Soo-hyun’s Music Salon tells the singer’s story as a refugee in Busan. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful view overlooking both the north and south at the same time and experience some cultural activities and ecological arts. The music salon was opened on July 25, 2013 as a result of a survey conducted by the city. The local residents said the most urgent inconvenience that needs attention was the lack of cultural facilities in the area. The facility has two above ground levels; the first floor has a small theatre and the second floor has a book café.
This building was conceptualized as a community culture center for urban regeneration project. Then, the story of Gum Soo-hyun, the singer and songwriter of the “Swing” which represented the era, was stumbled upon.
During the Korean War, he provided shelter to musicians and artists who were refugees, actively supported artistic exchanges and more. With the consent of his son, Gum Nanse, the facility was named “Gum Soo-hyun’s Music Salon.”
The main feature of the building is the minimalized outside exposure of the theatre and the café. Also, the west deck connected to the café is used as an observatory to overlook the beautiful scenery of the South Port.
The management and operation is the Salon is done by the Sharing Community, Imago, and offers various programs for its local residents and students such as song writing, poetry reading, picture-book making of Gum Soo-hyun’s life and more.
Also, there is the Mildawon Era café about 300m from the Salon. It is a café that writers like Kim Tong-ni and Hwang Sun-won used to visit when they were seeking refuge in Busan during the war. It was set as background for Kim Tong-ni’s novel, “Mildawon Era,” and is where songwriter Yoon Yong-ha met with Park Hwa-mok, a poet, to compose the “Barley Field.”
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