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May 21, 2021

50 Wonderful Vintage Photographs That Capture Street Scenes of Seoul in the 1970s

Seoul was established as the national capital of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392, and it has continued to maintain its status ever since. However, the city was completely destroyed during the Korean War (1950–1953). Because of the war, Seoul became unprecedentedly overpopulated by people who came to the city for jobs and war refugees who escaped North Korea.

Shortly thereafter, South Korea experienced rapid economic development, becoming one of the four Asian Tigers. Currently, South Korea is among the top 10 nations in terms of the economic size. Moreover, its popular culture called the “Korean wave,” has become popular and is enjoyed by youth globally.

Seoul has also become an international hub that is home to about 10 million people. The Seoul Capital Area (Seoul Metropolitan Area), which includes Seoul City, is the most important geographical area in South Korea because more than half of the country's population resides there.

As a result of these sweeping changes, much of what was photographed below no longer exists.


  1. Why don't you post pix that actually do justice to the subject? These amateurish pix make Seoul look like a dreary, vacant, depressing place. It has never been that, even during the period these were taken. These are just very poorly made photos and are misleading as a result.
    This is why it is important to know about what you post online. And why this site receives so much well-deserved criticism.

    1. I'd love to see some of the pictures you've taken or have that show the beauty of the place and look forward to seeing them.

    2. Nah. The candid, amateur nature "found photo" aesthetic is exactly what makes the site unique, and you seem to be the only one blubbering about it.




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