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June 1, 2021

Seoul in the Early 1970s Through Amazing Photos

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. It forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area with the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province.

From the 1960s - 1970s, Seoul experienced serious urban issues, such as traffic congestion, environmental pollution, formation of illegal settlement areas, and housing shortages, as a result of the extensive population inflow and lack of social infrastructure. To resolve these issues, the Seoul Metropolitan Government focused on establishing a basic infrastructure by expanding roads, building apartment complexes in illegal settlement areas, and constructing the Cheonggye Overpass and Yeouido Island.

Considered to be a global city, Seoul was the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. In 2017, the cost of living in Seoul was ranked the 6th highest globally.

These amazing color photos from nick dewolf photo archive documented everyday life of Seoul in 1972.

(All images © the Nick DeWolf Foundation)


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