On my way from Kuala Lumpur to San Francisco I made a stop in Seoul, the South Korean captial.
Except for the old Royal Palace, which was pretty nice, Seoul is probably one of the ugliest cities I have seen. Sure, I didn’t really have the time to see that much during my 48 hours before flying out to San Francaisco, but what I did see didn’t impress.
The only explanation I got for how the city looked like was that they were in too much of a hurry, when the economy exploaded and everyone wanted to move in to the city, to actually think about how things looked. Kind of like Sweden in the 60′s, although in Sweden there was also this fanatical functionalist thought behind everything being built. The general thought seemed to be that beautiful and functional don’t go well together. Kind of like Wall Street.