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Cheongnyangni in Photos

August 2014

Cheongnyangni is a very interesting part of town. There are traditional markets, department stores, and a red light district, all adjacent to one another. It’s always crowded here.


The elevators are (supposed to be) reserved for the elderly and those carrying heavy baggage


Funny cloud alert


An 80s-90s apartment complex


Cheongnyangni is famous for its ‘entertainment’, adult karaokes, porn showrooms, love hotels, and right around the corner from the train station, the red light district. I once took a cab and the driver took a wrong turn. It was embarrassing for the both of us (well, more for him).


‘Hyundai Core Apartments’


It’s fashionable (and costly) to have your aircon hanging outside your window
(I asked the interior designer who’s doing my grandma’s apartment).


‘Hot yoga’, ‘Hagwon’ ‘Office rentals’ ‘ Go lessons’ ‘Accountant Choi’


Koreans hate pigeons. I showed my friend this picture and she screamed.


It’s because pigeons apparently spread germs when they flap their wings.
To my knowledge, no one has been hospitalised for ‘pigeon germ flu’,
just like no one has been known to have from the mysterious ‘fan death’.


Busy traffic, public transport, tall buildings and a Samsung logo –
It can’t get any more Korean than that. Or can it?

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Internationally lost since 2000, Emily was born in Seoul, raised in India, and has been living and studying in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands since 2014. A translator and interpreter by profession, she enjoys talking and debating just about anything.

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