Jangseungbaegi Station (장승배기역) Line 7 – Station #740

Before modernization it wasn’t uncommon to find totem poles marking the entrance to Korean villages, serving as village guardians and frightening away evil spirits.  These totems, most often called jangseung (장승), are now mostly found only in folk villages or serving as decorative elements in restaurants, but they once played an important role in Korean…

Sangdo Station (상도역) Line 7 – Station #739

I’d been hoping for a bit more to be going on around Sangdo, given its relative proximity to Chung-Ang University (중앙대학교), and while it wasn’t an uninteresting neighborhood, it didn’t have any of the collegiate vibrancy that I’d thought it might.  Much of the neighborhood, especially the areas outside Exits 2 and 3 was a…

Junggok Station (중곡역) Line 7 – Station #724

If I were a Seoul politician on the campaign trail, I’d spend as much time as possible being photographed in Junggok, glad-handing the locals, saying folksy things, and showing how much I liked spending time with people just like you.  That’s because Junggok is just about the most emphatically average neighborhood you’ll find in this…