OLD KOREA - LAND OF THE MORNING CALM -- On the Road to Beijing, China. Scene in the Suburbs of SEOUL, 1903  Photo by Herbert G. Ponting

Seoul in Korean Empire – 35 Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in the Land of the Morning Calm in the

© Han Youngsoo - Seoul, Korea 1956-1963

Photographer: Han, Young-Soo Majority of his photo is concerned about ordinary korean people after korean war. Quite sensitive&sort of sharp modernism in everywhere.

[Korean tombkeeper and his daughter by statues at Yi king's tomb] Seoul, 1904. Willard D Straight/Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell University Library [enhanced image]

[Korean tombkeeper and his daughter by statues at Yi king's tomb] Seoul, Willard D Straight/Early U.

[A Korean boy with two-storied hat ] a busy street, including a young boy and a coolie. The boy wears a two-storied hat formerly reserved for use by Confucian scholars. The hat was probably owned by his ancestors. The coolie, or laborer, carries a full bale of hay in an A-frame carrier on his back. 1904. Willard D. Straight/Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell Univ Library

[A Korean boy with two-storied hat ] a busy street, including a young boy and a…

Sampling beans on the street, Chemulpo, Korea

Sampling beans on the street, Chemulpo, Korea. 1903 C. Library of Congress

[Seoul cityview] 1904. Willard D. Straight/Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell University Library. Namdaemun' (Great South Gate in Seoul) is shown here with the tramtrails, which was instituted as a public transportion system in May 1899. 'Namdaemun', one of the 4 main gates of the old city wall, was completed in 1398 and underwent major restoration in 1447 and again in 1997. It is designated as National Treasure #1, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Korea.

Before the dynasty of dictators took over: Fascinating photographs capture the opulent life of the royal family in a UNITED Korea more than a century ago

Korean boys and girls stand at attention to march in the field. …Two children carry Korean and American flags. Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell University Library ca. 1904. [enhanced from original]

Korean boys and girls stand at attention to march in the field. …Two children carry Korean and American flags. Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell University Library ca.

9/18/1899 - date that Korea’s first railway, called the Gyeongin Line, opened. Price 90 jeon (old Korean currency) first-class seat (a bowl of noodles cost 3 jeon back then). 30 km/hour - the speed at which Korea’s first train, the Mogal, operated.

- date that Korea’s first railway, called the Gyeongin Line, opened. Price 90 jeon (old Korean currency) first-class seat (a bowl of noodles cost 3 jeon back then). 30 km/hour - the speed at which Korea’s first train, the Mogal, operated.

9/18/1899 - date that Korea’s first railway, called the Gyeongin Line, opened. Price 90 jeon (old Korean currency) first-class seat (a bowl of noodles cost 3 jeon back then). 30 km/hour - the speed at which Korea’s first train, the Mogal, operated.

- date that Korea’s first railway, called the Gyeongin Line, opened. Price 90 jeon (old Korean currency) first-class seat (a bowl of noodles cost 3 jeon back then). 30 km/hour - the speed at which Korea’s first train, the Mogal, operated.

[2 Koreans in their mourning dress] 1904. When mourners went outdoors, they wore a long coat over their mourning dress. The coat sleeves differed in width according to social class: wider sleeves for upper classes and narrower sleeves for lower classes. All mourners wore conical hats made of finely-cut bamboos on the outside and of sedge on the inside.e They carried a 'poson' (fan made from hemp cloth) in order to cover their faces.

2 Koreans in their mourning When mourners went outdoors, they wore a long coat over their mourning dress. The coat sleeves differed in width according to social class.

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