June 11, 2013

Modern Architectural Heritages in downtown Seoul, Korea

the Main Building of the Bank of Korea (1912~), pen and watercolor

Namdaemunno Streetscape toward Myeongdong, pen and watercolor

the old Headquarters of Korea First Bank (1933~), pen and watercolor

Myeongdong Theater (1934~), pen and watercolor

Gwangtonggwan, one of the Korea's eldest bank buildings (1909~), pencil and watercolor

the former Choseon Joongang Ilbo newspaper building (1933~), pen and watercolor

the former Korea Electric Power Corporation headquarters building (1928~), pen and soft pastel
( 21 x 29.6cm skechbook )
Seoul is a concentrated city that has both a long history and a modern society. The cityscape of downtown Seoul has rapidly changed in the late 20th century due to robust economic growth over the past 50 years.
In the heart of Seoul surrounded with a number of the high-rise buildings, a few of the elegant western style buildings have well preserved as the modern cultural heritage. All in all, these buildings were completed in the early 20th century and located at financial and business districts, such as Myeongdong, Namdaemunno, and so on.
I sketched the precious historical buildings in the crowded streets, looking back on the last century.


kane said...

Wow, a lot of work.

matthew_c said...

Nice to see the old buildings.

Lee Yong Hwan said...

Thanks for your comments. Kane and Matthew!

Jeehoon Jeon said...

Wow. really fantastic.
I didn't know that those buildings have a long history. Thanks~

Lee Yong Hwan said...

Thanks Jeehoon! These buildings are worth sketching because of various styles of architecture as well as modern history. I like the architectural subject, especially historical architecture.