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Insadong antique shop

Insadong: Breathing Its Last

Insadong in central Seoul is known as a preserve of Korea's traditional culture. But in reality old shops are closing or leaving.

Songdo: No Man’s City

If one were to go by a recent discussion in Reddit's Korea forum, the most bizarre city in South Korea would undoubtedly be Songdo.

My Search for Religion

South Korea’s hyper-growth winds down. Fewer people I know hold a rosy view of the future. Ranks of disillusioned spiritual seekers grow.

Resisting Seoul’s Brutal Apart-ization

Urban redevelopment has taken a curious form in Seoul. Fully functioning and inhabited neighborhoods are razed with the consent of a bare majority.

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