Making Way for Modernity.

the last building to come down in the lot

 

Seoul is in a constant state up frenzied updating. The Guro-dong area used to be one of the main industrial centers of Korea, but recently the government has rebranded the area as a center of digital business. This is the heart of what is now called the Guro Digital Complex, and these photos show the demolition of the last old building. There are still many residential neighbourhoods surrounding the complex, but this central real estate has more value for a modern office complex like the ones seen in the background.

This is representative of the the fevered pace at which Seoul is modernizing, and has been for the last three decades. Within a few weeks this now-empty lot will be swarming with builders. Korea has an amazing ability to complete vast construction projects at incredible speeds, and entire buildings seem to be completed before you even notice construction has begun.

To get a look past the perimeter fencing I had to climb onto a parking garage and over some barbed wire, but it was only a matter of five minutes before I was confronted by security and escorted off the property.

a worker framed through a fence

a worker and machinery among the twisted remains.

 

 

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