Yeomni-dong, Daeheung-dong, Ahyeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Part 1)

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I’m warning you right now this will be a picture heavy post. It’s the culmination of two years, fifteen visits, and countless hours of walking these linking neighborhoods. Here is a general guide to the areas I explored. EDIT: It’s for everyone’s best interest that I divide this into two parts.

The three areas I explored: On the upper left is Daehueng-dong, in the lower center is Yeomni-dong, and on the top right is Ahyeon-dong.

This site is one of the first neighborhoods I had documented for an extended period. By my first visit in September 2016, I had already seen small patches of demolition in Daeheung-dong. During my last visit in October 2018, demo crews went to work and cleared out Yeomni and Daeheung redevelopment zones. The Ahyeon area highlighted above was in the process of being demolished. Since I was living in Gwangju at the time, I didn’t have the daily opportunity I once had to check in on that area. Working in Yeungdeungpo along line 2 allowed me the chance to visit in the mornings before work. Yeomni-dong is memorable for the Yellow Building, a former kindergarten and senior citizen center with tons of fantastic left behind artifacts. You can read more about the place here. There were many mornings before work spent at that site.

As I stated earlier, Yeomni and Daeheung redevelopment zones are pretty close together. Daeheung-ro is the major road that divides the two abandoned neighborhoods. I would spend hours in both, sometimes going back and forth between the two places in a single day. It will be easier to display the photos from each day that I visited. I vow to keep it concise. I shot most pictures on an iPhone except for some film pictures taken in the Ahyeon area. I’ll let the pictures do the talking and keep the text to a minimum. Enjoy!

September 16, 2016

October 16, 2016


December 2, 2016

December 3, 2016

January 5, 2017


January 27, 2017

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