History and today collide in Seoul's historic center. The Jongno district represents at once the history of Seoul and also its ambitious (albeit at times controversial) commercial and financial interests. A form of eastern / local gentrification is erasing parts of the old city to the demise of service providing residents. Struggle for fair representation and compensation ensues regularly as people are forced to move from home and business.
Single story structures sit momentarily idle awaiting demolition. Shuttered and marked for removal, the tattered buildings give emphasis to the stark impermanence of urban form and circumstance.