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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 27th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Old Japanese Capitol In Seoul

1957: Seoul, South Korea In distance, old Japanese-built Capitol, now demolished.

Via Flickr.

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  • setnaffa
    1:31 pm on February 27th, 2012 1

    I may be wrong; but with all of the new stuff going up in Seoul lately, ALL of the buildings in that photo may be gone…

  • kushibo
    1:36 pm on February 27th, 2012 2

    Some of them are still standing, but not many. It would depend on which block toward City Hall this actually is. It’s hard to tell form the perspective, but I think City Hall itself is right in front of it.

    Anyway, for the record, it was the capitol for the Republic of Korea for twice as long as it was the capitol for the colonial government. Just sayin’.

  • setnaffa
    2:09 pm on February 27th, 2012 3

    True. But it wasn’t as pretty as the buildings it hid… :mrgreen:

  • Leon LaPorte
    12:36 am on February 28th, 2012 4


    Excerpts from wiki article and there are some better pics there:,_Seoul

    The Government-General Building (often referred outside of Korea as the Seoul Capitol) was the chief administrative building in Keijo (Seoul) during Colonial Korea and the seat of the Governor-General of Korea. It was a neo-classical building designed by German architect Georg De Lalande, and was completed in 1926. Although the building was later the scene of numerous important events for the Republic of Korea, housing first the National Assembly and later the National Museum of Korea, it was long felt to be a symbol of Japanese imperialism and was demolished between 1995 and 1996.

    The building was deliberately constructed inside the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the former Korean imperial palace, to obstruct the view of Gyeongbokgung from central Seoul and to legimitize Japanese rule, and all but 10 of the 400 palace buildings were demolished; further demolitions were prevented only by a campaign by Japanese intellectual Muneyoshi Yanagi.

    In 1985, it became home to the National Museum.

    …other colonial-era buildings, such as the old Seoul Station and Seoul City Hall, are considered landmarks of the city.


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