Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Disappearance of Gindeung Maeul

As I noted in a previous post, Gindeung Maeul, a neighbourhood near where I live, is being torn down to make way for part of the Banghwa New Town. It can be seen jutting out on the right below:

Here's what it looks like from above in a photo taken in early 2006, with the area scheduled for demolition marked off:

Here are the plans for the New Town, taken from the official website:

Here's a view of a corner store taken in December 2006,

June 2008,

July 2008,

and October 2008.

Of course, I managed to find a tall perch from which to take time-lapse panoramas of the destruction:

June 15

July 28

July 30

August 3

August 9

August 17

August 31

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 19

November 23

This is quite the comparison with how it looked back in June:

At that time I photographed these women tending to a garden. It seemed the owner (or resident) of this dwelling was not planning on leaving anytime soon.

It seems that was a correct guess.


Anonymous said...

That last house is what the Chinese refer to as a "nail house" or 钉子户.

kushibo said...

The news today about the squatters and the SWAT member getting killed reminded me of your post and an old post of mine.

새해 복 많이 받으세요, by the way.