Welcome to South Korea’s Artificial Limb District

Posted on November 8, 2010

Unlike the red-light district in Amsterdam, which caters to men and women in search of sex, the Artificial Limb District of South Korea caters to men, women, and children in need of arms, legs, feet, toes, fingers, eyes, breasts, and more.

Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

Reporter Harmon Leon from the Smoking Jacket recently stumbled upon an entire section of Seoul dedicated to the sale of handcrafted artificial limbs. Dubbed the Artificial Limb District, this unusual neighborhood hosts nine such shops, each stocked with piles and piles of limbs.

What makes this so fascinating is that, for one, these limbs have been handcrafted. Most artificial limbs are created using high-tech technology. Another notable aspect is that there are nine shops catering to the exact same type of customer. As Harmon noted, it’s like they “want to steal each others’ customers.”

Regardless, here are some more photos.

Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

For more information, feel free to read Harmon’s full article, and make sure you check out all the creepy pictures!

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Welcome to South Koreas Artificial Limb District picture

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Lamanite
Lamanite

Never understood this phenomenon in Korea but yes, they group shops offering the same goods together. For instance, in Daegu (3rd largest city), there is "motorcycle street" which is store after store offering the same thing for 3 blocks! In Seoul there are entire city blocks of restaurants offering the same specialty dish. No idea how this keeps business going unless they are fixing their prices?

Nicholas Reichart
Nicholas Reichart

Would be useful if you actually listed the area as I live in Seoul and would like to visit this

Jan
Jan

Wth, why?

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Heal
Heal

Have you not heard of Central place theory? It's quite common in everywhere actually.