Seoul’s popular tourist district hides dark stories of colonialism and commercial mischief. Myeongdong Cathedral, the Chinese Embassy, department stores, makeup shops, and even It’s Skin! Listen for some surprises.

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  • 1940s-50s Coffee Shops
  • 1961 tourist map
  • Area around bank of korea
  • Chinese areas
  • How different stores are set up to use the same core back area
  • Dollar Alley
  • Facade changes over the years
  • Myeongdong Cathedral
  • Myeongdong Cathedral
  • Facing away from Myeongdong Cathedral
  • facing away myeongdong cathedral
  • street food
  • Street food
  • waitingin line
  • Joseon map
  • Korean restaurant with Japanese
  • Myeongdong Cathedral
  • Myeongdong neighborhood
  • 1930s Myeongdong Entrance
  • Old buildings with new facades
  • old picture of myeongdong
  • Myeongdong Cathedral
  • Myeongdong
  • Ownership types. The red ones are brands. The green are independently owned.
  • Religious areas
  • Senginmae Square
  • Space between buildings
  • 1930s postcard