In 1945, with the surrender of the Empire of Japan in September 1945 that ended World War II, Korea was liberated from the Japanese occupation exercised since 1910. However, the peninsula was divided in two parts: the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. A few years later, in 1950, North Korea launched a surprise attack with the intention to invade South Korea and move to dominate the whole peninsula. The attack began the Korean War, a conflict that still exists today, despite the ceasefire signed in 1953.
Here’s a series of 32 awesome colour photographs of daily life in Seoul. These photos are taken in the winter, between October 1948 and March 1949.
You might find these photos of North Korean in 1980s interesting!