Seoul, South Korea 2014. A beautiful metropolis of architectural wonder, advanced technology, and 9.8 million people packed into an area of 234 sq miles (605 sq km.). However, if you take a look back 100 years you will see that South Korea has come a long way. Following the Japanese occupation in 1945 and the Korean War in 1953, South Korea went through a period of rapid industrialization called the “Miracle of the Han River” under the rule of Chung-Hee Park (Yes, the father of the current president Geun-Hye Park). President Park is credited by many for the economic growth the country experienced during this era, which allowed the country to expand and develop to what it is today. While we can bask in the modern city that Seoul represents today, it is also important to remember the roots of Korea and its culture.
These historical images of Seoul are juxtaposed with images of today, to highlight the stark changes that have taken place over the last one hundred years.
Gyeongbok Palace Front Entrance
Gyeongbok Palace North Gate
Sungnyemun (AKA Namdaemun) Market Place Before, Market Place Today
Monument of Wongaksa at Seoul Tapgol Park
Crossing the Frozen Han River During the Korean War
During the Korean war bridges from the North of the Han to the south were destroyed to slow the advancing Chinese and North Korean armies, in order to cross many of the refugees traversed across the frozen Han River.
Dongdaemun: The Fashion Capital of Korea
Joseon Royal Tombs
Streets of Seoul Then and Now
Han River Bank
East Shrine of War
Couriers in Seoul: Still Packing Heavy
Independence Gate in Seodaemun
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