Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Shinsegae Department Store's Renovation

The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the 1930s

The Joongang Ilbo has a good article about the Shinsegae Department Store's reopening tomorrow, after more than 4 years of renovation. Opened in 1930 as the local branch of the Mitsukoshi Department store, it has finally been restored to its former glory, something that should be applauded in a city that has a tendency to bulldoze historical buildings to make way for parking lots and the like. The article includes some interesting photos and historical tidbits, like how it was represented in certain novels during the colonial period, as well as its postwar history. To see what the neighbourhood looked like in the 1920s and 1930s, I posted some photos here; to see what the renovated store looks like, do look at this post over at the Marmot's Hole, where Robert posted some great pictures of the area recently.

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