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Living in the Goshitels of South Korea

A photographer has documented tight living conditions in South Korea's gong titles, where thousands of low-income workers and students are forced to live in small booths due to rising property prices in Seoul.

Goshitels – or goshiwons – are small dormitory-style living units that often measure less than 54 square feet and are usually so full of clothing, books, and furniture that only one person can fit comfortably.

Equipped with a small bed and a study desk, the rooms first appeared in the late 1970s and were used as cheap, temporary accommodation for students preparing for important state and bar exams.

But now gos titles are home to a variety of working people who can't afford the rising house prices in the South Korean capital Seoul. They are especially popular among low earners because the rooms cost between 200,000 won and 300,000 won (£ 64 and £ 128) per month, which is much cheaper than a studio apartment.

A South Korean man uses his computer from his bed in his miniscule goshitel in Seoul. These dormitory-like units usually measure less than 54 square feet

A South Korean man uses his computer from his bed in his miniscule goshitel in Seoul. These dormitory-like units usually measure less than 54 square feet

Another photo, made by Sim Kyu-dong, captures a young man while being surrounded by books and papers for a fan

Another photo, made by Sim Kyu-dong, captures a young man while being surrounded by books and papers for a fan

Another photo, made by Sim Kyu-dong, captures a young man while being surrounded by books and papers for a fan

Some gos titles have a roof where residents can hang out and also let their clothes dry along clothes lines

Some gos titles have a roof where residents can hang out and also let their clothes dry along clothes lines

Some gos titles have a roof where residents can hang out and also let their clothes dry along clothes lines

Pictured: a tenant in a goshitel

Pictured: a tenant in a goshitel

Pictured: a South Korean man is lying on his bed in a goshitel

Pictured: a South Korean man is lying on his bed in a goshitel

The rooms often only contain a small single bed and a study desk, with some storage space in shelves on the wall

Compact one-room apartments often cost around 100 million won (£ 64,000) for a two-year & # 39; jeonse & # 39; contract, which is a large down payment paid at the start of a rental period instead of a monthly rent, which is then paid returned the lease expires.

Photographer Sim Kyu-dong lived in different goshiwons – which translates from Korean to & # 39; exam room & # 39; – when he first moved from Gangneung in the province of Gangwon to Seoul to start his career.

After his experience in the small rooms, Sim decided to capture the plight of those who are still renting the cheap accommodation to discover the problems people face in downtown Seoul.

He told BoredPanda: & # 39; Goshiwon is actually built for examinees who prepare for various tests, such as the state exam or civil service exams. I used Goshiwon when I leave my house and stay in Seoul.

& # 39; I decided to show the new Goshiwon form of residence with photos & # 39; s. Once the public became aware of these new facts, I thought it would be useful for those living in the Goshiwon. & # 39;

In a photo one sees a man crammed into a tiny bed that barely fits on his whole body while he is playing with a remote control to watch television from a screen on a shelf above it.

Another image shows a man holding his stomach while eating a bowl of watermelon on the top of his bed in a goshitel

Another image shows a man holding his stomach while eating a bowl of watermelon on the top of his bed in a goshitel

Another image shows a man holding his stomach while eating a bowl of watermelon on the top of his bed in a goshitel

Another man has managed to pack his small space with a television and even has a small window by his single bed

Another man has managed to pack his small space with a television and even has a small window by his single bed

Another man has managed to pack his small space with a television and even has a small window by his single bed

Goshitels - or goshiwons - are small dormitory-style residential units that often measure less than 54 square feet and are crammed so that only one person can comfortably fit in at a time

Goshitels - or goshiwons - are small dormitory-style residential units that often measure less than 54 square feet and are crammed so that only one person can comfortably fit in at a time

Goshitels – or goshiwons – are small dormitory-style residential units that often measure less than 54 square feet and are crammed so that only one person can comfortably fit in at a time

Pictured: a man in a messy goshitel

Pictured: a man in a messy goshitel

Pictured: a young tenant watches television from his bed

Pictured: a young tenant watches television from his bed

Gos titles are especially popular among low earners because the rooms cost between 200,000 won and 300,000 won (£ 64 and £ 128) per month

Another image shows the inside of a poorly lit kitchen, which is often provided by the facility to be shared by all tenants. Tenants usually also have access to shared bathrooms, but there can be more than 20 residents of a goshitel on each floor, the Korea Times reported.

In other photos we see men lying in bed while the small floor space around them is covered with clothing, shoes and empty dishes and plates.

Clean shirts hang on hooks near the ceiling in another candid image, while a resident of a goshitel tries to get the most out of his tiny living space.

The men hardly have enough room to maneuver around their houses, because the rooms have hardly any storage, so they have little choice but to stack their items on top of each other.

An elderly resident writes in a notebook on his bed while kneeling on the floor of his house in a South Korean goshiwon

An elderly resident writes in a notebook on his bed while kneeling on the floor of his house in a South Korean goshiwon

An elderly resident writes in a notebook on his bed while kneeling on the floor of his house in a South Korean goshiwon

Another tenant was photographed and prepared a meal of noodles and vegetables on his bed in the small residential unit

Another tenant was photographed and prepared a meal of noodles and vegetables on his bed in the small residential unit

Another tenant was photographed and prepared a meal of noodles and vegetables on his bed in the small residential unit

Another image shows the inside of a poorly lit kitchen, which is often provided by the facility to be shared by all tenants

Another image shows the inside of a poorly lit kitchen, which is often provided by the facility to be shared by all tenants

Another image shows the inside of a poorly lit kitchen, which is often provided by the facility to be shared by all tenants

Depicted: a man is sleeping in a goshiwel

Depicted: a man is sleeping in a goshiwel

Depicted: a man barely fits on his bed in South Korea

Depicted: a man barely fits on his bed in South Korea

The men hardly have enough room to maneuver around their houses, because the rooms have hardly any storage, so they have little choice but to stack their items on top of each other

Other photos show how some residents combine their living space in a small kitchenette and prepare their food next to their beds while their belongings are over the floor.

Some gos titles have a roof where residents can hang out and also let their clothes dry along clothes lines.

It is also where tenants store extra belongings, including couches, blankets, and other items that they cannot keep in their room, making them susceptible to rain wear or adverse weather conditions.

According to data published by the South Korean government, there were approximately 5,940 goshiwons in Seoul in 2017 and approximately 2,984 in Gyeonggi province. The units also recently appeared in more expensive neighborhoods in the capital, including Chungdamdong and Dokokdong, at a higher price of 400,000 won to 600,000 won (£ 257 to £ 385) per month.

Tenants are mostly working people in their 20s and 30s who cannot afford expensive down payments.

Pictured: shirts hang on hooks near the ceiling in a goshitel

Pictured: shirts hang on hooks near the ceiling in a goshitel

Pictured: a man uses a blender in his house

Pictured: a man uses a blender in his house

Residents get the most out of their small living space by drying their clothes on hooks near the ceiling (left) and using appliances on the floor (right)

Renters of goshitels are mostly working people in their twenties and thirties who can't afford expensive down payments in the capital

Renters of goshitels are mostly working people in their twenties and thirties who can't afford expensive down payments in the capital

Renters of goshitels are mostly working people in their twenties and thirties who can't afford expensive down payments in the capital

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