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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Red brick houses of Sillim-dong

붉은벽돌 연립주택 바벨탑(신림 본동) / Babel tower of red brick housing, Sillim bon-dongWas it some Finnish businessman who said that when landing to the Gimpo airport the houses in Seoul look like a heap of bricks had been tossed on the hills of the city. That was in the 1990s, and the red brick color of the city has diminished since, even in Gwanak-gu in southern Seoul, which used to have very little apartment housing but has experienced lots of high-rise apartment building aroun the turn of the century. The main color of housing in Sillim-dong is still brick red; is the affection many feel towards the small housing, besides the idea that life is more "humane" in them than in apartment blocks, a result of the color itself? It is after all easy to think of brick red as a natural color. A wholly another thing is what the life is in this kind of small housing compared to apartment houses, and what the retail value of the house is...

The picture is from Flying City, where it was contributed by one who goes by the name Chôngjiksông (Jeongjikseong). It's an impression, like the picture a couple of posts below, of the housing in Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu.

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