Last House of Bamgol Village

Resurrection City: The Scale of Seoul's Urban Renewal Process

Last House of Bamgol Village

After everything else was demolished, one house remained suspended in a sea of blue tarps weighed down by sandbags. The resident claimed that, unlike her neighbors, she had a legitimate stake to her land. Evictee houses that survive to the last are often called “nail houses” in the Chinese urban renewal context; the Korean word to describe this phenomenon is albakgi. Bamgol Village is an example of a “moon village,” a community originally formed as a postwar refugee camp. Many of the residents, most of whom had lived there for decades, were considered illegal squatters. By the time urban renewal started in 2016, many homes were already vacant due to the elderly population dying out.

2017