One of the biggest internet communities on the Korean portal site Daum, ‘Truth or oddity’, posted some old photos of Gangnam and its development. A membership to the community is needed to view the original post.
Photos of Gangnam’s Development
The word Gangnam originally denoted the southern part of the Han River. Before the meaning of the word was reduced to Songpa-gu, Seocho-gu, and Gangnam-gu, ‘Youngdong’ (meaning east of Youngdeungpo) was commonly used to indicate that area.
Cool aerial photo of Gangnam and Jamsil in 1960.
Near the Sinsa intersection in 1960.
Gangnam used to be full of poor, straw-roof houses. Before the construction of the third Han-river Bridge [old name for the Hannam Bridge], the fastest way to go to Sinsa-dong from Hannam-dong was by rowing boat (August 13th 1962).
The third Han-river Bridge, connecting Sinsa-dong and Hannam-dong (December 26th 1969).
The Park Chung-hee era
Gangnam started changing dramatically from now on.
Park Chung-hee observing the ‘City Plan Model’ exhibition in 1969.
The development of Gangnam officially took off.
Sinsa-dong in development: there only seems a dirt field so far.
Starting construction of the Seoul-Busan Expressway (Gyeongbu Expressway) in October 15th in 1968.
Expressway constructions, including the Seoul-Busan Expressway:
Straw-roof houses started to slowly disappear.
The construction of the Government Employee’s Apartment was completed in December 1971.
Banpo Apartment and parts of Gangnam Apartment communities were built. (May 25th 1972)
The opening of the Jamsil Bridge on July 1st 1972.
The Jamsil Bridge and the adjacent area in 1972.
With time, Gangnam started changing.
Jamwon-dong back in the day.
This is the famous Apgujeong… with a farmer ploughing the fields…(1978)
During development, modern buildings and people with old-fashioned lifestyles brought about this visual irony.
The area surrounding the Gangnam Bus Terminal.
Post 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The Gangnam that we know today started emerging in 1988.
As the Olympics spurred the growth of the Gangnam economy, more modern buildings were raised in the area.
Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu in 1989, the Grand Intercontinental Seoul and the World Trade Center Seoul in construction.
Today’s Gangnam has reached an apex in real estate prices, population and density and now boasts one of the highest real estate prices in the nation.
Comments from Daum:
Personally, I prefer the old Gangnam over the modern one, with rowing boats floating around..
I agree with the comment above, although modern Gangnam is nice and a convenient place to live…
I knew Gangnam used to be countryside, yet these pictures allow me to feel such a palpable difference duh duh I also heard Jangseungbaegi station used to be the outskirts of Seoul where wild tigers often visited.
Something about these pictures makes me sad.
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Oh… I’ve heard about those times, but seeing these photos gives it a whole different feeling!! ke ke ke ke ke ke
The population living in Gangnam is too dense. It would’ve been much better if they put more effort on preserving the old looks of the area.
How an earth…
One of those straw-roof houses should’ve been my family’s property.
Ah there’s too many people and cars whenever I go to Gangnam.
Now the area is all covered in steel, concrete, and glass.
Wow… in less than a hundred years…
I want to go and have fun in Gangnam someday. ㅠㅠ
On one hand, the transformation is amazing. On the other, it’s a shame there aren’t any traces of the old Gangnam.
Whoa that staircase-shaped building I’ve seen often is a way older than I thought. keke I thought it’s built in the early 2000s.
I like the new looks more.
I can see how fast Korea has developed.
My ex-boss said the ground of Gangnam is extremely unstable, and the area will collapse someday. He said his acquaintance works for that kind of industry, I mean, examining ground stability; he heard that Gangnam is already unstable itself and there are too many subway stations on top of it ke ke