타자기 Tajagi: Typewriter Cafe
It is easy to get lost while wandering the streets of my Korean hometown. Staircases leads to allies and streets lined with multistory homes and businesses. Near the 오거리 (5 way) there is a market hidden off the main streets of the fiveway intersection. The market is home to abandoned buildings with remnants of beautiful brick work and industrial design. Looking past the holes in the buildings and through roofs to see the sky, I’m reminded of downtown Dothan and the charm that lies in the forgotten bricks.
I’m not the only one to see beauty in the forgotten and fallen; many new businesses are popping up in the ruins of the market allies in 해방촌 오거리. The newest addition is 타자기 Tajagi a typewriter cafe.
I’m told it has been open for only one month, as of February 2018. I attempted to find a website or Facebook page, but they have yet to brand themselves through social media, perhaps a beautiful thing.
I was walking with Shaaun and the staircase through the door front peaked our interest. Leading straight to the second floor we found ourselves in a cafe serving beer, juices, and coffee brews with a view over looking HBC and greater Seoul beyond.
Before even checking the menu or prices, I was beckoned to stay by the view before me. Two large windows invite the city into the café with warm light from the setting sun. It truly is a beautiful site.
We chose a table near the windows, and set our bags down. The barista arranged a typewriter on the table for us with a sheet of paper and a prompt for inspiration.
The cafe is tailored to writers and offers Korean and English typewriters for use with a drink purchase.
The concept was new to us, and I especially loved the idea. We typed away creating nonsense with Korean symbols. It had been ten years or so since I used a typewriter, so we spent a while pressing all the buttons and moving all the levers to discover the past.
At last, a few sentences were created.
As for the beverage selection, the cafe offers several different craft beers and freshly made fruit teas and cafes.
There is access to the rooftop on the third floor. And I spent a lot of time falling deeper in love with 해방촌 and the bricks that surround me.