Owned and operated by the photographer Lee An-soo, Motif1 is more than just a guesthouse. Located in the art village of Heyri, it also serves as a studio for artists, including the owner himself. A cultural and artistic space where people can come together and share ideas - and at the center of it all is Lee An-soo.
Indeed, Lee decorated his studio into a guesthouse with the aim of bringing together people from all over Korea and the world. To date, a total of 14,000 people from more than 70 countries have stayed here. Guests have included painters, writers, poets, photographers, sculptors and musicians - a fact well documented by the dozens of guest books signed.
Lee looks at himself as a bridge between people from different nations. He introduces them to each other and arrange meetings for artists from Korea and abroad. This is a wonderful place for domestic artists who want to communicate with people from different genres and countries. In this magical place, you can mingle over drinks with total strangers. many of whom are artists.
The freedom that Motif1 exudes, together with the energy of its owner, help guests feel comfortable as soon as they arrive. Funnily enough, the place is better known outside Korea than it is within the country, as it has been written up in numerous magazines and newspapers, as well as the Lonely Planet Korea guide.
Motif1 takes its name from Mr. Lee' s wish that everyone staying here might leave with some inspiration or motif for their art. The whole place is as comfortable as it is friendly, and the living room lined with books makes it feel almost like staying at a close friend's home.
If you want to enjoy more than just simple accommodations while discussing art and culture with fellow travelers and artists, this is the place to come to. Long-term stays are also available.
Lee, ansoo began his career as a journalist
in 'Monthly Journey' after finishing the college.
He mostly worked on magazines,
such as 'Monthly Video Life', 'Monthly Music Life',
and 'Design Journal' as a chief editor for 20 years.
At the seventh year as a chief editor at 'New Wave Publisher',
he decided to take the path upon the roads, merely taken by people, and turn himself into a student in an American college.
When he attended Madonna University in Detroit,
he took a four month long journey
across Amerca and Canada in a summer vacation.
He traveled 90 cities in 15 states,
including Maine, Newfoundland, Labrador,
North Quebec with two foot, public transportation, and hitchhiking.
During his trip, he went through hostels, college dormitories,
gay clubs, living rooms of local people, cab offices,
and cars of people, acquainted on roads.
Now he is enjoying his living in Heyri
as freelancer writer and photographer.
He is the president of Artist's Counsel of Heyri.