day 149

한남동. 漢南洞. Hannam-dong

(Information from KTO) The hilltop community that overlooks Itaewon from the south is an unusual place. Imagine, if you will, a piece of 1970s Korea, to which has been added Brixton’s multiculturalism and Williamsburg’s hipsterism. The streets weren’t always so lively, however. Just a year or two ago, this neighborhood was virtually deserted. In 2003, the entire hillside community was designated a redevelopment zone, and local residents emptied out. This drove down rent, which made the neighborhood popular with foreigners and, more recently, young Korean “creatives” who, since last year, have been transforming the empty buildings into workshops, coffee houses and shops.

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