By a certain age, it is customary to acquire their own housing – at least in Belarus. In some countries, the attitude towards real estate is different, and it is quite normal to rent housing until the end of life. However, not every country can afford it to pensioners. South Korea is an unusual country from the point of view of a European; in the eyes of Belarusians, much here is “strange”.
And for the locals it’s familiar, or at least inevitable. Resource Boredpanda published a selection of photos, the author of which spent five years in goshivon (or koshivon – there are different options). This is a kind of hostel, only worse – housing was supposed to be temporary, but reality makes many linger here for a long time.
Usually the size of the room is about 5 square meters. Kitchen, shower and toilet – in separate rooms
This type of housing in South Korea appeared about 40 years ago. Then it was invented for students who came to Seoul to take exams
Now people living in such places come to the city to earn money. And there are enough students too
If you think that this housing is cheap, like crackers on a market day, then you are mistaken. According to the photographer, he paid about $ 180 for a room. Depending on location, the price may be twice as high
In a room, as a rule, there is a bed, a table and a wardrobe. Living in koshivon causes depression, the photographer said. Everyone has
According to previously published data, about 12 thousand such “hostels” are registered in South Korea, half of them are located in Seoul. And there are clandestine koshivons
Before making a series of shots, the author of the photographs was engaged in wedding photography. According to him, until the release of this project, he could not be called a photographer.
No matter how the housing is oriented toward students, people of different ages are found here, and, as a rule, they all need money
Shared kitchen, which in size meets the general standards of koshivona
The author of the pictures somehow spoke with a local resident – a 50-year-old man. He was a sought after tutor and teacher of mathematics, earned good money. But then he was tired of competing with the young, lost interest in money and his life
Sometimes it seems that koshivons collect people who are tired of life.