Monday, December 19, 2011
Old photos of Jeollanam-do and Gwangju.
Taken in front of the Jeollanam-do Provincial Office, 1941.
Sajik Park observatory in the foreground, Gwangju and Mudeungsan in the background.
Chosun University under construction, 1951.
For a while I've been collecting old photos of Jeollanam-do and Gwangju---politically part of South Jeolla province since 1986---and recently started to put them in one place. Finding pictures of what southwestern Korea used to look like is generally much harder than finding old photographs of Seoul, and even Pyeongyang. Some local governments, schools, and charitable organizations have fortunately documented and preserved the photographic history of the region.
English class in Suncheon under Japanese rule.
Suncheon Fortress's South Gate in the 1920s, at the present-day location of the entrance of the 중앙시장 in "Old Downtown".
Aerial view of Suncheon, 1960s.
About 200 more, and growing, on the Old Jeollanam-do Flickr gallery. Sources have been cited when possible, though a lot of these have circulated on numerous blogs throughout the years and it's hard to pin down dates, details, and credits. Frequently Naver bloggers will take old photos, put big watermarks across them, and disable right clicks, leading visitors to believe the best way to preserve local history is to make it inaccessible to everyone else.
뽕뽕다리 across Gwangjucheon, 1960.
Chonnam National University campus, 1959.
Cherry blossoms in Gwangju, 1955.