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?
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!
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. ”
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
“Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.”
“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”
“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ”
“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.”
“Every wall is a door. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
“There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.”
(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).