Abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea

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Have you ever seen a place that gave you that burning desire to tell the bus driver to hit the brakes and let you off so that you can explore?

I have.

Every time I visited my friend in the middle of nowhere in South Korea I passed an abandoned building in Uiseong. And every time I would press my face up against the window and look at the magnificent defeated structure until the trees blocked my view and said “no more”.

I wondered what happened under the cracked roofless ceilings, what words were spoken behind the shattered windows. I wondered whose footsteps were printed into the dusty floor.

The place in Uiseong haunted me. I wanted to know more. So I messaged a friend who I knew was weird enough to join me.

The conversation went something like this:
Weird me: “Hey, do you want to visit an abandoned building in Uiseong with me?”
Weird friend: “Sure. What time?”

And just like that we got on a bus to Uiseong.

Abandoned in Uiseong since 1998

You don’t always need to go to a specific place or thing to explore a town. When you go off the beaten path it’s inevitable that you’ll find something interesting, unusual and beautiful. There is a story behind every door (even a broken one) and a tale on every road. So go on; dream, explore and discover!

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
Leonardo da Vinci

South Korea, Korea

“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. ”
Herbert Hoover

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.”
Brooke Shields

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ”
Alberto Manguel

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“Living in a rural setting exposes you to so many marvelous things – the natural world and the particular texture of small-town life, and the exhilarating experience of open space.”
Susan Orlean

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“Every wall is a door. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Uiseong. abandoned in Uiseong, South Korea, Korea

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
Camille Pissarro


“There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.”
Lisa Ling


(Information about the building: My friend chatted to a woman who came closer to inspect what we were doing. The building has been abandoned since 1998 and it was a factory).

If you want to find things to do close to Uiseong you can always visit Hwabon Station in the countryside of South Korea or join in on the festivities during Uiseong’s Spring Flower Festival.

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