30 Old Photographs Of Korea Before The North-South Split

From Pyongyang to Seoul, these vintage photographs serve as windows to the past, giving us a glimpse of Korea before its 38th parallel separation.

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2. Playing traditional Korean chess called janggi – ca. 1903

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3. Pounding rice in Seoul – ca. 1903

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4. Bank of Korea, Seoul, South Korea – ca. 1910

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5. Dongdaemun (East Gate): ‘Originally called ‘Heung-injimun’ (‘Gate of Uplifting Mercy’) – ca. 1904

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6. Aeryon Hall, Pyongyang, North Korea – ca. 1910

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7. Cheomseongdae, Gyeongju, South Korea – ca. 1920

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8. Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea – ca. 1920

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9. Grass house on a hill

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10. Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea

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11. Pyongyang, North Korea – ca. 1910-1930

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13. Seoul, South Korea – ca. 1899 – 1900

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14. Great East Gate, Seoul, South Korea – ca. 1930

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15. Taedongmun Street, Pyongyang, North Korea – ca. 1910

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16. Yongmyong Temple, Pyongyang, North Korea – ca. 1930

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17. Sogwang Temple, Kangwon, North Korea – ca. 1920

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18. Two people taking a break sitting on dangganjiju (Buddhist stone structures) – ca. 1914

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19. Pavilion in Gyeongbuk-gong, Seoul, South Korea – ca. 1882

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20. Outside the old palace wall around Seoul, looking toward Nam San – ca. 1882

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21. Jangseung or Spirit totems

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22. Church during the Early Japanese Colonial Period

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23. Botandai, Morandae, Pyongyang, North Korea

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24. Rear Standing Rock Beach, “Sea Diamond Korea”

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25. Geunjeongjeon Hall, the throne hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul – ca. 1900

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26. Communal wells – ca. 1904

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27. 1st streetcar in Seoul – ca. 1890

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28. Young women play on a seesaw – ca. 1931

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29. Korean girls with umbrellas/parasols – ca. 1900

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30. Along the Han River at Yung San, a logging town near Seoul – ca. 1903

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