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Urban Decay in Mae Wan Li
Dec 7, 2018 08:21:10   #
waegwan Loc: Mae Won Li
 
One of the nicer houses in my neighborhood has been abandoned and is deteriorating.


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Dec 8, 2018 07:32:52   #
fergmark Loc: norwalk connecticut
 
Its difficult to understand why it would have been abandoned. Do you know why?

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Dec 8, 2018 08:55:58   #
waegwan Loc: Mae Won Li
 
fergmark wrote:
Its difficult to understand why it would have been abandoned. Do you know why?


It is an old farming town, several hundred years old, in South Korea. There are some houses here that are several hundred years old that are being renovated and some new houses that are being built exactly like they were several hundred years ago except with electricity and modern plumbing. It is somewhat of a status symbol to have one of the antique houses or a modern copy. The houses like the one in the picture are about 30 to 40 years old and well built but the generation that grew up in them have been educated and don't want to live in the country. The parents, the folks who built the house have either died off or are in nursing homes. The children have moved to the city.

Here are some samples of the houses that will survive and be maintained. The one in the original post will probably soon be torn down and a new old style house built.

Someday I hope to do a picture book on this town.
New house old design
New house old design...
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Old house well kept and lived in
Old house well kept and lived in...
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Old house renovated
Old house renovated...
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Old house needs a family
Old house needs a family...
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Dec 8, 2018 10:55:14   #
fergmark Loc: norwalk connecticut
 
waegwan wrote:
It is an old farming town, several hundred years old, in South Korea. There are some houses here that are several hundred years old that are being renovated and some new houses that are being built exactly like they were several hundred years ago except with electricity and modern plumbing. It is somewhat of a status symbol to have one of the antique houses or a modern copy. The houses like the one in the picture are about 30 to 40 years old and well built but the generation that grew up in them have been educated and don't want to live in the country. The parents, the folks who built the house have either died off or are in nursing homes. The children have moved to the city.

Here are some samples of the houses that will survive and be maintained. The one in the original post will probably soon be torn down and a new old style house built.

Someday I hope to do a picture book on this town.
It is an old farming town, several hundred years o... (show quote)



Thank you so much for all the info and additional photos. The originally posted house looks so nicely situated. I worked as a carpenter for some forty years, much of which was spent remodeling existing or repurposing older structures. I have seen outdated, yet wonderful homes torn down. Not what I like to see, but its the way it is. The going logic that it costs far too much to update the older houses is irrefutable. You have to rip it to shreds to provide the modern utilities. Thanks again! By the way, I googled Mae Wan Li and got not a single hit. It Must be a small place.

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Dec 9, 2018 07:28:21   #
waegwan Loc: Mae Won Li
 
fergmark wrote:
Thank you so much for all the info and additional photos. The originally posted house looks so nicely situated. I worked as a carpenter for some forty years, much of which was spent remodeling existing or repurposing older structures. I have seen outdated, yet wonderful homes torn down. Not what I like to see, but its the way it is. The going logic that it costs far too much to update the older houses is irrefutable. You have to rip it to shreds to provide the modern utilities. Thanks again! By the way, I googled Mae Wan Li and got not a single hit. It Must be a small place.
Thank you so much for all the info and additional ... (show quote)


I know what you mean about the upgrade costs. My niece has a house that was built in 1900 on the Tygart river in Grafton West Virginia she is trying to save and it has become quite a project due to improvement costs.

Mae Wan Li or (Maewon-ri) for English spelling in Gyeongsangbuk-do is small place, less than a square kilometer and only a few hundred inhabitants.

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