None of these posts dedicated to old explorations would be possible without iPhoto or iCloud. Without the geotag, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how many times I visited, nor the dates I visited a neighborhood. Both technologies have jumpstarted my memories of those days long ago. I don’t want to see these pictures go to waste. I hope someone wants to know this neighborhood before it got demolished.
I wrote about a Buddhist temple located in the Eungam-dong neighborhood almost one year ago. It was my favorite place to have discovered in the area, but I want to show you other memorable finds here. The redevelopment area spanned Eungam1 (il), Eungam2 (ee), and Eungam3 (sam)-dongs. My first visit was on December 14, 2016, my last on May 20, 2017. In total, I explored the neighborhood six times before it disappeared completely.
The church brought me here. Browsing Jon’s pictures from his website was enough motivation to go out and explore the neighborhood. I’d never been to an abandoned church before! This one didn’t have a baptism tub, nor a striking red chimney, but you never forget your first church exploration.
Behind the church were the houses in the worst shape…except for one with some beautiful mosaic tile work. It’s not a too common of a style, but I have since seen other places with similar facades.
In the spring, demolition around the church and the hanoks began to pick up speed. I began exploring another neighborhood section where I discovered an abandoned Buddhist temple on the top floor with a treasure trove of left-behind objects in a rather run-of-the-mill building. On the lower floors, I found an English academy and a Taekwondo dojang.
Here are a few random pictures shot from my multiple visits. This particular section of Eungam-dong is long gone but not forgotten. Recently, on a visit to another redevelopment zone quite near, I tried to relocate this area but it was virtually impossible as the numerous white, high-rise apartments tend to blur together into an indistinguishable concrete mess.