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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Busan colors

The small housing neighborhoods visible from the train when arriving in Busan make a marked contrast with those in Seoul: not the almost uniform red brick covering of houses but a wide variety of colors in a neighborhood that is not "hill neighborhood" despite of being on a hillside but far from being a middle-class (or in Korean terms "neighborhood living well" chal salda) either.

The photograph of Gamcheon-dong, Busan, from Flying City. The contributor tells of having asked a man who was painting his house why he was using pink:
- "Why, is there a problem with pink?"
- "No no, I was just wondering, as houses have so many colors in this neighborhood"
- "Everybody does as one likes here. I like this color so I use it."
Most of the answers were like that: "just doing it" (kûnyang), "it's pretty" (yeppôsô), "it looks cool" (môtjinikka).

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