May 12th, 2013

Tiger and Magpie

ПХЕНЬЯН И СЕУЛ ДО КИМОВ И САЯ

ВОЗМОЖНО, многие знают об этом... Пару недель назад в рубрике "Once Upon a Time", "Давным-давно в..." на Foreign Policy появились фотографии старого Пхеньяна с комментариями - Once Upon a Time in Pyongyang. Rare images of Korea before the Kims.

Today, images of daily life in North Korea are a rare sight, often met with fascination. But this wasn't always the case. For a brief period in the early 20th century, after the 1910 fall of the original "Hermit Kingdom" - the Choson dynasty - and before the division of the Korean Peninsula in 1945, Pyongyang, then a provincial capital, was open and growing. The city served as a focal point for Western Protestant missionaries in Asia, prompting some to call it the "Jerusalem of the East." <...>

Here's a rare look inside Pyongyang at the time - known then by its Japanese name, Heijo - through pictures drawn from a number of collections housed at the University of Southern California's digital archives, including the Maryknoll Mission Archives.

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