30 Pictures Of Tiny, Cramped “Goshitels” Taken By South Korean Photographer Sim Kyu-Dong


If you happen to’re not conversant in the phrases “Goshiwon” and “Goshitel”, they principally imply small, claustrophobic flats in South Korea, usually utilized by the poor. And after we say small, we imply small. Actually small. The form of small that may make your residence seem like a mansion. Now, you may suppose that possibly it’s not so unhealthy if you happen to merely want a spot to spend an evening on a budget – however Goshitels aren’t at all times used as quick time period lodging. And South Korean photographer Sim Kyu-dong even spent 5 years residing in a single in Seoul.

Throughout his years residing in a Goshitel, the photographer documented his life within the tiny residence, in addition to the lives of others residing below comparable situations. “Goshiwon is definitely constructed for examinees getting ready for numerous exams such because the state bar examination or civil service examinations,” defined the photographer in an interview with Bored Panda. “I used Goshiwon at any time when I go away my dwelling and keep in Seoul. It was good lodging.”

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It shouldn’t come as a shock that lease costs in a giant metropolis like Seoul could be very excessive. That’s why Goshiwons are an reasonably priced various for some folks. Sim, for instance, was paying about 220,000 received ($186) per thirty days. This worth can virtually double if the Goshiwon is positioned in a greater space.

“I naturally acknowledged that Goshiwon was used as a brand new sort of dwelling,” stated Sim. “Someday, once I informed somebody that I’m residing in Goshiwon, their reply was: ‘Which examination are you getting ready for?’ I felt unusual at any time when I heard this query.” These questions made the photographer really feel disagreeable. It was as if folks had been implying that the place he lived in wasn’t “proper”. That’s why he determined to point out what it’s wish to stay in a single by pictures. “As soon as the general public grew to become conscious of those new details, I believed it could be significant to these residing within the Goshiwon,” stated the photographer.

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When getting ready for his school entrance exams, Sim heard that male nurses are likely to get jobs extra simply and utilized to that main. Nevertheless, he felt that the lifetime of a nurse may not be for him and started to wonder if he might stay life doing nice work.

“Simply then, I loved taking footage and I used to be considering of my job as a photographer. After that, I went on the highway as a journey and wedding ceremony photographer,” stated the person. Nevertheless, quickly he realized that business pictures took away the allure of the images. “At the moment, I believed I ought to present Goshiwon and one of the simplest ways I might do this was with pictures,” stated Sim. “That’s why I took footage of Goshiwon. As my images had been launched, I used to be known as a photographer.”

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Sim stated that initially he didn’t wish to be known as a photographer, he simply loved taking footage that represented him. “I even needed to have the ability to stay off of solely taking images. It’s fairly arduous to succeed as a photographer,” stated the person. “In fact, I used to be not profitable both and I don’t need it anymore. I simply want to stay doing what I actually need and luxuriate in passionately. That’s all.”

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