What could have been a lively community now only has one person wandering through its corridors and rooms; trespassing quietly as possible. The higher I went, the quieter it got. Water no longer trickled from the ceiling and I could no longer hear the wind. As I was walking up the stairs, I found a milk carton dating couple of years back by judging the packaging. Near it, a little plant has started to take root in a crack within one of the stairs. Moss has taken over the area that has accumulated small pools of water which in turn, slowly rotting the wood scattered amongst the floor.
It has been two weeks since I first visited the unfinished Yuseong Apartment Complex. Due to the weather, I haven’t had the chance to venture inside until now. Today, seeing it was sunny, I decided to go again. The vegetation has once again covered the previous point of entry, therefore I ended up with getting scraped and stabbed by the thorny plants that have doubled their size since my last visit. Once I broke through nature’s security fence, I managed to get myself in the courtyard and headed towards building five. All the windows and hallways are heavily guarded by spiders which try their best to deter people from entering with their massive webs. It is not a pleasant feeling when accidently walking into a spider web, but being undeterred, I continued to make my way up building five. Every footstep I took echoed through the building as if I was not the only one there. When I stood still, the only things that I could hear was the wind gently caressing the bare concrete walls and the drops of water that slowly trickled their way down from the cracks and crevasses from the floor above. The site seems as though it has stopped in time, with bricks waiting to become walls and window frames waiting endlessly for their windows to be put in.
Once I reached the 13th floor, I started the see light making its way through the debris that has covered the staircase and the elevator shaft. I have finally made it to the rooftop or the to-be 14th floor. From above, the other apartment buildings stand as if they were massive tombstones, bleak and weathered in the elements. In the distance is a thriving beach community which states a strong contrast to where I was standing; bare, empty, and quiet
I've always known South Korea as a colorful and lively country; totally opposite of the face of North Korea to the rest of the world. But Yuseong Sola Apartments will prove that there are also sad places in South Korea that paint nothing but sadness and anguish. Despite the fact that it looks sad, I still want to see it for myself because it's pretty interesting to see one of the places that goes totally opposite to the picture of South Korea.
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