October 31, 2008

Remnants of Old Days in Seoul

[Korea Report News from Seoul] Modernization and globalization has transformed Seoul into a bustling, world-class megapolis, yet one can still find some quaint traces of old Seoul. The narrow back alleys of Jong-ro district (above photo) in the older part of Seoul have escaped demolition and conversion into modern high-risers, and still offer small restaurants for office workers and laborers. These establishments still use the yeontan (charcoal cylinder, below photo), which was the standard means of heating of older Korean homes prior to the advent of steam or electrical heating.

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