Korea was such an interesting experience.
The last time I had been there with my family was 15 years ago. Oddly enough, the thing I remembered the most was the smell of the city and really, that had remained unchanged. The sights were all so different. I didn’t know if it had been because I had been studying design for two years now, but I could see geometries and all sorts of different colors and shapes that I might have thought arbitrary had I not been studying design.
They treasure this one island off the South coast called Jeju-do. It’s believed to be one of the country’s most beautiful treasures and they do everything possible to keep it traditional yet presentable to the modern world.
"It’s believed to be one of the country’s most beautiful treasures..."
Koreans are very proud of their history and it really dictates many aspects within the country. One example of this can be seen in the picture with lighted patterns on the ceiling. Those patterns were derived from traditional Korean architecture and artists developed these into a quilt-like pattern to showcase the history of Korea in a very modern way.
Photographs and Essay by Peter Kang