- After the Korean war, Korea BOOMED; it's growth was unprecedented. It went from looking like the photo above to looking like this in a matter of 50 years (less in some places):
This is a pretty typical sight in Korea these days: Rows of apartments
that all look the same and clearly went up quickly. Assume each floor
holds two family-sized apartments, and that will give you a
decent idea of the population of Korea.
- Because of the fast growth spurt, there's a lot of aspects of Korean culture that haven't caught up with modernity. For example, many building projects are still undergone in the quickest way possible, rather than the most lasting. Korean cuisine is still very much based on survival foods, rather than based on an expanding palate. However, consumerism is at an all-time high, so the things that are in and around those housing units and food products are cutting edge (and expensive). It's an interesting quirk of Korea.
So, there you have it, based on the growth and history of Korea, I could easily believe that very recently everything was different in Korea.
What I wasn't prepared for was a recent flickr stream of one expat's view of Korea from 1958-1966. It's crazy, isn't it?
Some things have changed:
Some things haven't:
|Lake Cheongpyeong Farms 1960|
|Oeam-ri Folk village 2011. I know, it's not the exact same|
place, but I'm pretty sure it's the same mountain.
So, that is your Korea culture/history lesson for today. Tune in next time for more exciting adventures!
(All picture from Korea in the 1950's and 1960's on this blog post are taken from Somthers52's Flikr steam.)