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Can somebody post pictures of Korea during 1900 - 1970s? Is Korea still struggling during those times? I am very curious because as we know, Korea today is so prosperous and I wonder if at that period, it is anywhere near what it is today.
 

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castermaild55, very nice pictures. I'm pretty sure I saw some of them before, and they were in color.

I wish some of those tram lanes survived. If they did, they could've been somewhat of a tourist attraction like in San Francisco, and it wouldn't be bad to have a nice slow ride in those trams through the urban chaos of Seoul. Maybe they should install some boat rides on Cheonggyechun. lol
 

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Was Korea considered a Third World country back in those times?
Before the "economic miracle", Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Even North Korea was richer than South Korea back in those days.

Korea did go through industrial development during the Japanese occupation. While industrial development was rather limited in what is now South Korea, Japan practically made Manchuria and what is now North Korea into a huge warmachine through industrial development. I don't know how developed Korea was back in the 1930s relative to the contemporary world however. Anyways though, everything was blown to shit during the Korean War.
 

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Was Korea considered a Third World country back in those times?
In the mid 1930s, the average salary in Japan was reported to be 10 times less than the one in the U.S. -- I couldn't find salary data for Korea, but I guess it was about the same. There were fewer salarymen and more farmers in Korea than in Japan thus.

In 1935, the GDP/capita was this way:

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Country                        GDP/capita, 1935$   GDP-PPP/capita, 1990$     GDP-PPP/capita, 1990$ 
                               (Liu-Ta-Chung)      (Fukao)                   (Maddison)
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U.S.                           540                 5,590                     5,590
Japan (excl. Taiwan and Korea)  64                 1,745                     2,154
Taiwan                          42                 1,266                     1,212
Korea                           24                   662                     1,224
China                           18                   543                       562

A good analogy may be this one: In 1935, Japan and Korea were to the U.S. and the west what China and Tibet currently are to the U.S. and the west. That is, Japan and Korea were industrialized countries with a powerful military but the standard of living lagged considerably behind the leading nations. The analogy works quite well for the economy, and the analogy seems also good for the types of governments at work.
 

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Here are some pictures of Seoul in the 1940s -- all pics shown in this post were taken BEFORE the Korean war.

I believe the first five were taken before the end of WWII by the Japanese Government.










Namdaemun


Jongno.


Following pics were taken just after the liberation:



Sejongno on 15 August 1946, the first anniversary of the Independance from the Japanese rule.







Cheonggyecheon.


The following pictures were taken by American Clifford Doll stationed in Seoul in 1946-1949. The caption comments are his own notes.



Alley way off Jongno, Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Woman balancing bundle baby strapped to back familiar scene in Bun Chung. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Street scene on the Bun Chung. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Street scene, Bun Chung. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Central Rail Road Station, Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Korean gentleman in the pagoda park. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Honeybucket (Honey Cart), one of many in Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946. [both in Japan and Korea, almost no-one had a toilet with running water until the 1960s].



Idol Worship shrine on the Chong Ho. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Korean laborer. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Palace where the Societ-US conference was held. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Snapped at King Li's Palace grounds. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.




Small girl & young sister. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



South gate. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Scene on Namdaemun dong, Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Japanese-style rickshaws. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Waiting for a street car. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Woman and child taken at Police Academy. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Korean Driver and his truck. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Battery of women balancing bundled on their heads. A familiar scene. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.



Wash Day. Taken near the capitol building. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Street scene in Bun Chung. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Korean kids playing at fire break. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


One of the many crowded streetcars in Seoul. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Street scene Bun Chung. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.


Citizens theatre postcard, bought in Seoul in 1946 by Clifford Doll.


Korean man. Taken by Clifford F. Doll in 1946.
 

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I moved a few more drawers and found more old photos.

These ones were taken in the 1890s, more than 100 years ago.



Jongno.


Jongno.


Mapo.



Namdaemun.


Danbokk.




Sejongno and Gangwhamun at the back.






Myeongdong cathedral.






Nearby Myeongdong.








Une rue de Seoul - Types de Coiffure [A street of Seoul - different hat styles].


Sejongno and Gwangwhamun.


Prince Li's palace.


I believe this is the Namdaemun.


Cheongyecheon in 1897. The bridge at the back has since been restored.


Gyeongbok palace.












Outside the Seoul walls, looking east from the East Gate, 1892.


Countryside outside the Seoul walls, 1890.
 

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Here are some pictures of Seoul in the 1940s -- all pics shown in this post were taken BEFORE the Korean war.

I believe the first five were taken before the end of WWII by the Japanese Government.






wow... Seoul really looked European back then. i could have mistaken these for european/latin american cities...
although they were from sad parts of our history, i think we should have preserved some more of those buildings... they look really nice
 
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