Another interesting manhole for my collection. I saw this one in Seoul the other day as I wrapped up another brief trip to Korea. I think the Koreans have a wonderful aesthetic and sense of design. I’m bad at identifying design schools. What would this be? Art Deco?
How does this happen to a manhole? I guess a crack forms, years of corrosion work on it, relentless traffic wears it down more, battalions of Red Guards parade over it, wet seasons come and go, road crews pretend it’s not there and partially cover it with asphalt (or bitumen, I love saying that word with a British accent) … until it looks like this – a craggy, sinister bike trap.
This one couldn’t be in a worse place. You come upon it after making a hard right turn between these two overpass pillars. You’ll usually have a container truck on your tail or one of those pesky gray micro vans trying to squeeze by you on the left just as you’re threading the pillars and trying to steer clear of the trap on the right.