Guryong Shantytown is an unauthorized settlement of about 1,200 shacks. It’s located near the affluent Gangnam. Gangnam is an area of Seoul that is the somewhat-equivalent to the Manhatten of NYC. These people were displaced in the 1980’s with the coming Seoul Olympics. They have yet to be recognized by any governmental authorities. They have a simple community center- no town leaders for their voices to be heard in government.
I had volunteered with a few others to take pictures a week before an important Manaam Fundraiser. In February, Manaam had brought hundreds of pieces of coal to help keep the people warm for the winter. In January, a fire had ruined around twenty homes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it for the coal event. I had gotten sick that weekend. However, it was a very interesting experience taking pictures of this area. Living in Mokdong, another affluent area of Seoul, it’s easy to forget that there are people struggling in winter months, even in Korea where everyone seems to be doing financially well as compared to the U.S. Anyway, I had forgotten to post pictures of this, so I thought I’d do it now before I start posting pictures of the cherry blossom festivals coming up!
Posted on Thursday, April 12th 2012