South Korea: new money and old wounds

Arriving in Seoul from the clean, polite and advanced city of Tokyo was a slight eye opener. Now while Seoul is technologically advanced there are still some aspects of the city that ring true to an uncertain past.

The stark contrast between the wealthy and poor in Seoul is something you won’t miss. Endless numbers of cashed up youth wander the malls and streets; often carrying numerous bags of designer goods, while pensioners are lying on the street, with there arms outstretched in the hope of small change.

While poverty is of course not unique to any country, the wounds of South Korea’s past are still evident, and for some, remain open. It will be interesting to see how this city grows as it continues to find its feet.

Until next time…

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