[ Architectural History and Theory ]
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.381-388
ISSN: 1346-7581 (Print) 1347-2852 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Sep 2016
Received 07 Apr 2015 Accepted 13 Jul 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.15.381

Seoulites' Daily Living Spaces Reflected in Park Tae-won's Novels of the 1930s

Haeyeon Yoo1 ; Yoonchun Jung2 ; Yeonjeong Park3, *
1Assistant Professistssor, School of Architecture, Soongsil University South Korea
2Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Kwangwoon University South Korea
3Ph.D., Manager of N.I.A South Korea

Correspondence to: *Yeonjeong Park, Ph.D. Manager of N.I.A, 10, Bangbaejungang-ro, 3F, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea Tel: +82-10-3514-4486 E-mail: engeng21@naver.com


This study aims to analyze living spaces as depicted in Park Tae-won's various fictional works set in Seoul in the 1930s, and thus to understand better the lives of citizens in those days. To clarify the significance and necessity of the study, it first examined the trends of similar studies overseas. Second, it analyzed previous studies related to urban and architectural spaces that appear in Korean literature. Lastly, it derived a differentiation by analyzing the existing researches of Park Tae-won's works.

The analysis of residential and commercial exchange spaces used by a wide range of people in Seoul, in which modern culture was introduced, helps our understanding of the changed lifestyles and lives of people. The emergence of new types of space with Western and Japanese influences could also be found. These spaces served as the background to a variety of changes, such as changes in roles and self-consciousness, gender discrimination and hierarchical conflicts associated with political and economic characteristics at that time.


urban context, modern housing, Korean modern literature, Tae-won Park and 1930s Seoul


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