Chunghyo-dong

Saturday | July 20th, 2013

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Chunghyo-dong is a neighborhood I pass through on my way to and from Shingyeongju Station (the KTX station). I don’t have any strong opinions of it other than it’s kind of on the edge of Gyeongju City and that makes it interesting to me. A summer gig has brought me out to this neighborhood for the next few weekends and I spent my first lunch break wandering around looking for a typical Korean quickie mart like CU, By The Way, 7-11, or GS Mart to buy some ice cream.

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There were the usual oddities (bottom) and mix of establishments, but it took a long time to find one of the chain quickie marts I sought. I would have expected to find one of them near the big apartment complexes, but had to trek much farther away before I was able to get to my first CU and then I found two others and a Paris Baguette (a bakery).

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Much of the neighborhood has a ghostly, hollow quality. I saw many empty places and spaces for rent. It could be that this was just a really crazy hot Saturday, but the empty lots, store spaces for rent, and lack of chain stores are hard things to come by unless a neighborhood has undergone a minor depression.

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