Built in 1965, the historic Dongdaemun Apartments were once called the “Celebrities’ Apartments” because so many celebrities lived there in the 1960s. One of the oldest surviving apartment complexes in Seoul, its got a fantastically gritty vibe, not entirely unlike that of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions or Kowloon Walled City.

Thanks once again to our KOREA magazine producer for the last-minute modeling.