Modernisation. Accompanied by the bulldozing of the old culture. Is preservation really enough?
“These old buildings do not belong to us only, they belong to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not in any sense our own property to do with as we like with them. We are only trustees for those that come after us.” – William Morris
We probably looked determined to complete our Collect-the-Visitation-Stamps quest. Though I guess we had looked more lost than determined.
“YOU, COME HERE.” Poised on a stool on the opposite street, the old man gestured for us to go to him.
With a disapproving look, he told us that we had missed the first stamp station.
“Little Museum. GO back, and left.”. Right. We understood his instructions.
With gusto and confidence, he flipped open our gigantic colourful map.
“Next, you go here (taps on the map with his pen) Opposite me. You know? Go staircase. Go Photo Gallery stamp. Up there also Dark House. Constellation stamp(tap tap tap) Continue up. Is photo zone (tap tap) Also is Haneul maru stamp (tap tap tap) You take free postcard from them here. House of Light close now. You also take House of Light stamp here.
“To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world”