Photo Spread: Korea

 

This past February, I had the privilege of attending the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, the native country of my grandparents. While the athletic events, Olympic infrastructure, tourist attractions have been highly praised by visitors, I was drawn to the PyeongChang province itself. Because this was my first Olympic experience not on a television screen, I was surprised to see just how scattered the venues were across the Eastern province of the Korean Peninsula. The dispersed nature of the Olympics allowed for me, a Los Angeles native, to immerse myself in the rural surroundings of South Korea. Though Seoul is one of the major metropolitan centers of culture, technology, and entertainment, South Korea has only recently gone through an economic boom, post-Korean War; remnants of an older, rustic lifestyle still remain. The stark contrast between the city and the countryside completely reshaped my perspective on the complexities of recently developed nations—these photos were taken in the cities of PyeongChang, Gangneung, and Seoul.

 
Photo SpreadsLeah Whang