The Fight against Gentrification
Photography by Kriza Borromeo
I had a short three-day stay in Seoul and experienced perhaps two of the most contrasting views of the city: one in a “university neighbourhood” filled with youths (i.e. the students and hipster foreigners) and businesses that cater to their indulgent, fleeting lifestyle: hidden cafes, friendly hostels and cheap-liquor bars, etc. The other side of my experience played out in an affluent neighbourhood guided by a well-to-do friend who drove me around her luxury car. Needless to say, we frequented boutiques, art galleries and expensive coffee bars. Like I said, polar opposites.
It was great and I wish I had stayed longer; three days is surely not enough. One day, I’m sure I will visit again if only to taste the popular shaved ice concoctions they advertised at every street corner.