The urban landscape in Korea changes fast. High rise apartments will appear out of nowhere and stores close down and are replaced virtually overnight. Seriously. That’s why it came as no surprise when the bakery across the street from my apartment was gutted and torn down in about a week. For whatever reason, they tore the old building down, removed the foundation and left it there for a couple days. I figured they’d convert it into a parking lot or something. Wrong.
Coming back from work one day, I was amazed to see a huge crew working on setting the foundations for a new building. Within two days they had the steel framework all set up and ready to pour some concrete in there. The next day, a cement truck was over there pouring out its contents. This was on a Saturday. Sunday must have been holiday, because I didn’t hear any activity from my room. On Monday morning, however, work resumed. At 5am. With the cement truck. Awesome. For whatever reason, the contractor decided that optimal working hours were between 5am and 4pm. I live on a busy-ish street, but it’s not like if they were blocking the road or anything by working past 4pm. Yesterday, they started work at 7am. I’ve never worked construction, so maybe this is normal, but seems to me that construction workers should work during daylight. I could see that the odd start and finish times might be some weird Korean randomized start time method that we’re not aware of and secretly the source of their ability to build things with unheard of haste. Probably not though.
Right now, the building looks like it’s being built using rusted metal plates and used wooden pallets. It looks like the shadiest building ever. If that’s the way buildings are typically built here, it would explain why my room is always so cold. They probably throw up metal rods, bolt metal plates and wooden pallets, apply stucco over the whole thing and hope the big bad wolf doesn’t come around and huff and puff the building to smithereens.
Anyway, I’m really excited to see what they’ll build in this spot. I figure it’ll be another Korean BBQ restaurant, there are only about 10 of those within 2 minutes walk. Regardless, it’s an exciting time to be in my neighborhood!