SEOUL, KOREA: THEN and NOW PART 1

Contemporary Photographs by Mr. Jingho Hwang


Mr. Jingho Hwang, the photographer of the below contemporary photograph's, lives and works in Seoul, Korea. After you finish reviewing his 'then and now' images, I am sure you will agree that Mr. Hwang is a very knowledgeable about Seoul; he is also an excellent detective of man made geography ... then and now!

Mr. Hwang took the contemporary pictures of Seoul on 22 May 2003. Many thanks to Mr. Hwang for graciously providing this site with images of Seoul, South Korea, in the 21st century.

If you enjoy the results of the work that Mr. JingHo Hwang did to provide these modern day comparisons of Seoul, Korea, then please consider contacting Mr. Jingho Hwang and let him know that you appreciate his efforts.



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Ancient gate to Seoul City. Photo taken June, 1968 Ancient gate to Seoul City. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Seoul railway station. Photo taken June, 1968. Seoul railway station. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Downtown area of Seoul. Photo taken June, 1968 Same downtown area of Seoul. Photo taken June, 1968. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Railroad tracks leading to main Seoul train station. This was the scene of heavy fighting during the Korean War. Photo taken June, 1968 Same location showing the railroad tracks leading to main Seoul train station. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang.
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Downtown Seoul pedestrian overpass. Photo taken June, 1968. The pedestrain overpass in now gone. You can tell it is the same location by the building in the center of the picture. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Sidewalk in downtown Seoul. Photo taken June, 1968 Same sidewalk location. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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A large traffic circle in downtown Seoul. Photo taken June, 1968 Same location, with many additional buildings. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Big Seoul throughfair. Photo taken March, 1969 Big changes have taken place at this location. The buildings in the center, rear, identify it as the same location. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Downtown Seoul street. Photo taken March, 1969. Major changes have taken place at this location. Building in center shows that it is the same location. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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The U.S. Embassy building in Seoul. Photo taken March, 1969. The U.S. Embassy has been relocated, and this building now contains a U.S. Cultural Center. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Seoul street scene. Photo taken February, 1969. The building is the same, however it has a new facade. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Seoul City Hall. Built by the Japanese during their brutal annexation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945. Photo taken June, 1968. The same location. Seoul City hall now appears minuscule compared to the huge office buildings in the background. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Downtown Seoul office building. Photo taken June, 1968. Same location, the Korean Airline building has been demolished and replaced with a modern glass and steel structure. Photo taken May, 2003 by Mr. JingHo Hwang
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Seoul scene. Photo taken February, 1969. The same location. Note the elevated roadway in both pictures. That is the only similarity. Photo taken February, 2003, by an unknown photographer.


To see 'Seoul Then and Now: Part Two' Go Here

All contemporary photographs copyright 2003, by JingHo Hwang

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This page created by Neil Mishalov on 8 August 2003.