A guide to local favorites in Euljiro
- By Haeryun Kang
- Photos by Jean Chung
Euljiro is a quirky blend of old Seoul’s industrial feel with young Seoul’s urban chic. Old manufacturers toil inside the ecosystem of 10,000 hardware stores, furniture shops and more — while young entrepreneurs decorate their stores with multicolored lights and plants. For visitors, the biggest draw is walking into a dilapidated building to discover an upscale bar, artists’ spaces and restaurants. Euljiro symbolizes Seoul’s dilemma with history, and whether to preserve or replace spaces: much of it is controversially scheduled for demolition within the next few years.
Meet Haeryun Kang
Haeryun has lived in Seoul since 2014. She loves its mountains, although more the idea of them than the actual hiking.
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