Three young girls play on the steps of a building. At the turn of the 20th century, Christian missionaries opened girls' schools, granting Korean women access to modern education for the first time. When the Korean Peninsula split in 1945, the North applied communist principles of gender equality, placing a particular emphasis on the participation of women in economic production -- an approach that is still taken today.

Three young girls play on the steps of a building. At the turn of the 20th century, Christian missionaries opened girls' schools, granting Korean women access to modern education for the first time. When the Korean Peninsula split in 1945, the North applied communist principles of gender equality, placing a particular emphasis on the participation of women in economic production -- an approach that is still taken today.

Pyongyang ca 1910-1930. A young girl cares for a boy.

Pyongyang ca 1910-1930. A young girl cares for a boy.

© Han Youngsoo - Seoul, Korea 1956-1963

© Han Youngsoo - Seoul, Korea 1956-1963

Yangban,high class family. since their house is written some Chinese character,it was permitted only for Yangban.

Yangban,high class family. since their house is written some Chinese character,it was permitted only for Yangban.

© Han Youngsoo (1933~1999)- Seoul, Korea

© Han Youngsoo (1933~1999)- Seoul, Korea

Korean Royal Family, early 20th century

Korean Royal Family, early 20th century

YMCA boys, by Frank G. Carpenter, c1910-1920. Library of Congress

YMCA boys, by Frank G. Carpenter, c1910-1920. Library of Congress

palace gisaeng. 1910 - 1920

palace gisaeng. 1910 - 1920

Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

French Nun in Korea and her Converts c. 1910-1915

Korea in the Imperial Era and Japanese Occupation

French Nun in Korea and her Converts c. 1910-1915

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