Dongdaemun Market's “Kissing Country Cousins”

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Dongdaemun Market's “Kissing Country Cousins”

A damaged trinket was left as trash inside Dongdaemun Stadium, three days before the remaining flea-market vendors were violently evicted. The flea market began when Lee Myung-bak, Seoul’s mayor, promised marketers who were evicted at Cheonggyecheon, the site of a massive urban renewal project, that they could relocate to Dongdaemun Stadium. Lee used that vanity project—a sprawling  water fountain that runs some eleven kilometers through downtown Seoul—in his campaign to become president of South Korea in 2007. His mayoral successor, Oh Se-hoon, evicted the Dongdaemun Stadium marketers a second time so that he could build his own vanity project, Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

2008