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May 2, 2022

45 Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Seoul, South Korea in the 1980s

The 1980s were an exciting time to be in booming Seoul, with Koreans and expat English teachers alike hustling for a better economic life.

Everyone was looking forward to the 1988 Summer Olympics, the first professional baseball game was played in the old Dongdaemun Stadium on a cold blustery day in March 1982, and the bane of dictatorship was relegated to the dustbin of history after a fair and honest presidential election was held in December 1987.

With dictatorship finally gone, South Koreans could get a passport and travel abroad. Seeing the world was something that they had dreamed of doing and then did with a vengeance. And they passed their wanderlust on to the following generations, with today’s young Koreans being some of the most-traveled students in the world.

Here, a gallery of 45 amazing photographs that show what life in Seoul looked like in the 1980s:


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