Taehoon Kim

Photographer & Visual Creative Specialist
   
Yongpyong
Location: Vancouver
Nationality: Canada
Biography: Taehoon Kim is a photographer and visual creative specialist based in Vancouver, B.C. Born in South Korea, he immigrated to Canada when he was six. Taehoon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the full intention of pursuing a law... read on
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Yongpyong
Credits: taehoon kim
Date of Work: 01/10/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 12/27/19
From 1974 to 1993, my dad worked as the chief architect of Yongpyong Ski Resort — a host site for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. 

Yongpyong became the first ski resort in South Korea, marking a turning point in history when everyday Koreans could afford leisure activities — a remarkable feat considering the country was one of the world's poorest following the Korean War. 

After my dad retired, we immigrated to Canada. Although I knew Yongpyong was one of my dad's great accomplishments, he didn't talk about his work much. 

He died in 2005 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, and never got to see his resort get the Olympics. This is a project that was born out my desire to see his work with my own eyes. I want to learn more about him by spending time in the place where he poured his heart and soul. I hope to capture his spirit, presence and legacy. 

Published in The Globe and Mail.
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