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Seoul is a funny city, there is lots of very impressive infra-structure, metro, stadiums, parks, art galleries, stuff you’d expect in a city of 10 million people but impressive because it has happened so quickly and so much was destroyed in the war. On the other hand there is little sign of planning. Most of the city is very homogenous, millions of empty bars, identical shops and cheap low-rise apartment blocks in bad condition. It is fun to visit because virtually everyone is 24 and it is filled with neon, the way the Korean district in NY is, but we shouldn’t feel to bad comparing ourselves to them, they are struggling with similar problems, maybe with more money and bigger challenges, but they seem to be having the same mixture of success and failure.

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