CITY OF THE TEMPLE, SEOUL
INFRARED PROJECT IV 2019
City of the temple, Seoul
The concept that came into being when mankind settled in nomadic life was city.
The place where people gathered together with politics, economy and culture, in other words, city is concept, not specific entity. Therefore, many cities express urban identity by using typical buildings to embody urban identity.
What symbolizes the city of Seoul? It starts from the consciousness of the problem. Rather than typical buildings in Seoul such as Namdaemun, Gwanghwamun, Namsan Tower, and 63 Building, I would like to say that Seoul is the city of the temple.
The temple is a building made from ancient society, expressing fear and awe of something beyond humanity. However, the back side of the temple contains desire. In the structures where the desires of the rulers are dissolved and their power, which was supposed to be accomplished through privilege and class order, is hidden.
Here in Seoul, the apartment complex with the same high-rise architecture and shape as the one that can not be overlooked will build a huge wall, and the scenery of the houses with low roofs shouting 'you and I are different' is probably the true scenery of modern Seoul.
The scenery of Seoul, which is full of desire for power as a privilege to make more of their temples by making high-rise and luxurious apartment complexes, is like a god of Greek mythology.
A city with a strange name called 'Seoul' that I grew up tells me. "Do you want to live as a god in Seoul? Then you'll be a landlord"
© 2015 by LEE EUN-JONG