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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

(Social groups) Study on social stratification in Seoul

Chosun Ilbo prints a Yonhap piece of a recent Ph.D. dissertation in Social education (?, Sahoe kyoyukhak), which is a study of social stratification in Seoul, showing how wealth and education is concentrating into the few ku's south of the river. (This is of course no news, but the results are still interesting.)

In the age group of 49-59, Gangnam and Seocho have the highest proportion of 4-year university graduates, 55%; Seoul average is 21. In Dongdaemun-gu north of the river, the proportion of uni grads is lowest, 10%.

Some figures of housing prices compared to the educational level of the area: the dongs with the highest educational level (the article doesn't tell which ones) have an average chônse price of 7.2 million W per p'yông [1500 € per sq.m] and selling price of 16.68 mil.W [3400€/sq.m].

The 16 dongs (cannot tell why 16) with the lowest educational level: chônse price per p'yông 4.1 mil W [830€/sq.m], and selling price of 6.3 mil W per p'yông [1300€/sq.m]

In Gwangjin-gu, in which the housing prices and the educational level are on the average of Seoul, the number of high scores (over 350) in math in the aptitude test (or whatever the sunûng sihôm is in English) in one school was third of what it was in a certain Gangnam-gu high school.

Below is map showing the number (not proportion) of university graduates in Seoul in each dong in 1995. It's linked from the homepage of "Space and Information Planning System", which is a kind of a research insitute. "Social and economic maps of Seoul" from '90 and '95 are worth taking a look at. (The info is in Korean.)

And just for something else on the same subject, Hankyoreh tells of alternative schools, which for the most do not give officially accredited education, but which still are designed to (and supposed to) offer educational chances for school dropouts.

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