“They keep going higher and higher, so they won’t have to smell the smell down below,” Mr. Kim said of the tower dwellers.
In Seoul, wealth is measured by how high you live, said Kim Nam-sik, a real estate agent in Seoul’s quiet Seongbuk district, home to dozens of foreign ambassadors’ residences and where the rich family lives.
“The taller your apartment tower and the higher floor you live on in the tower, the more expensive your apartment,” he said.
Many of the richest of the rich in Seongbuk, live in luxurious, multimillion-dollar, single-family homes with large backyards, shaded by graceful pine trees. These islands of affluence are secluded behind imposing walls topped with spikes and security cameras."
Extract from the New York Times