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Experience of Places 1: A New Prospective and Value on Alley Culture of Korea and France

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2009, (44), pp.49-70
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 30, 2009
  • Accepted : July 28, 2009

Chan-Kyu Lee 1

1성신여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Seoul was ‘the city of the cultural assets’ cherishing history and culture for 600 years. Place has accumulated the history of human beings over the generations. If the particular place disappears, the flavor of human beings absorbed in it evaporated. The old little alley was one of the few places in Seoul where one felt some sense of Old Seoul. But the historical treasure of Seoul has been destroyed under the name of redevelopment. We live in the unfortunate times when historic places have been lost through the development of thoughtless for the environment. Now is the time to concern about the vanished treasure. This study is centered on the alley as “the between world” links an family to a village extending world. A Western architect said that the alleys of a deprived area on the hillsides in Seoul are "the most beautiful architecture in the world" bearing the unique values. After illuminating that an alley is the one of the meaningful places for us to seek individual identity and sense of community, examining the value of Pimat-gol in Jongno compared with Monmartre in Paris as an living heritage attracting tourists. This study will show that urban development project must be focused not only economic growth but also on human being and environment. The way to preserve an alley as one of an tangible examples of living historical spaces meets the Seoul as an ecological city for mutual understanding and coexistence.

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