Horrifying tiny cheap housing units in South Korea also known as ‘Goshiwon’ and ‘Goshitel’ are where poor people of that country live in. South Korea is known for its advanced technology and architecture but also for its horrendous life standard of poor people. Sim Kyu-Dong is a photographer from South Korea and he spent 5 years living in such a claustrophobic space in Seoul while documenting the life of these poor people. Similar to dormitory rooms, kitchen areas and bathrooms are shared in Goshiwon rooms. These places attract students and migrant workers. Cheap, no need for a deposit and no maintenance fees. Photographer paid around 186 dollars per month to stay in such a place but depending on the area rents can get double high for the same cramped place. Bed, a desk, and a small closet are all you have, while everything else is shared. Such a life will quickly make anyone deeply depressed. “I decided to show the new residence form of Goshiwon with photographs. Once the public became aware of these new facts, I thought it would be meaningful to those living in the Goshiwon.”
More info: Photographer’s (Sim Kyu-Dong) Instagram.
Sim Kyu-Dong is a photographer from South Korea
He lived for 5 years in these house units known as ‘Goshiwon’
Kitchen is shared with everybody living there as well as the bathroom
All these poor people have is their bed, desk, and a tiny closet