Not far from the busiest center of Seoul, with all the traffic and political rallies, there is Seochon, a quaint neighborhood in Seoul. Its only arcade is a microcosm of South Korea today, at the intersection of rapid change and nostalgia for the past.
There's more to Jeju than beautiful tourist destination. Welcome to its overfilling sewage system, depleted groundwater, and bulldozed gotjawal forests.
As a chunk of Itaewon prepares for bulldozer-assisted oblivion, questions about Seoul's redevelopment addiction come back to the fore.
It was a matter of time before Itaewon was 'redeveloped.' The most significant step toward razing a part of it came Tuesday.
Urban redevelopment has taken a curious form in Seoul. Fully functioning and inhabited neighborhoods are razed with the consent of a bare majority. Explore the world of redevelopment - "jae-gaebal" -- and the role of hired goons known as "yongyeok."