I have told you about some of the roads in Seoul, but today, I went on some of those roads, and I told my Korean son in law who was with me to take his camera out and take pictures for you. There are little narrow roads, and there are hills that are so steep it is like going on a roller coaster. These roads are all close to Korea Christian University.
Here are a couple of shots my son in law took from inside the car as we went down the hill. This road is so steep that the first time someone took me on it, I thought the car was going to fall off the hill. I have lived all over the world, but this has to be the most steep road on a hill I have seen. At one point on this hill, there is hardly a slant, it is almost just going straight up with just barely an incline. It takes a strong car engine to get up this hill and shifting the gears into a lower gear for more power.
This corner is positioned that you can’t see around it, and it is a one lane road that goes two ways. They have positioned mirrors so that the cars can see around the corners to see if cars are coming so they don’t run head on into another car. There are close circuit TV cameras everywhere in Seoul. Except for when you are in your apartment, you are seen everywhere you are. My daughter says about 98% of people’s lives in Seoul are recorded somewhere on cameras around Seoul.
When the missionaries came to this area, there was nothing here, only rice fields.
They bought the land, built their houses, and began a preaching school that turned into a Christian college that turned into a Christian university. The area grew up around the school. The dirt roads were paved and everyone built houses, apartment buildings, restaurants, coffee shops, and stores close to KCU. It became very, very crowded, and the streets were very small and remained that way. No one had any idea it was going to grow so fast in such a short time. They began that preaching school in 1958 when there were only rice fields, but look at it today. Everyone is crowded up against everyone else, and the streets are crazy!