Statue in Dapsimni

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

Statue in Dapsimni

A Buddhist temple stood in the middle of an urban renewal zone in the early stages of eviction. Later, as demolition advanced, all of the residential buildings in the area were cleared out first, leaving this temple and its giant Buddha standing in the center of the destruction. Finally, it too was destroyed. Interestingly, in most urban renewal projects, occupants of religious places and red-light districts are generally the last to be evicted. 

2011