Young palace gisaeng in Seoul, Korea. c. 1910-1920 . This girl is a palace gisaeng, the Korean equivalent of Japan's geisha. The photo is dated to 1910-1920; it's not clear whether it was taken at the very end of the Korean Imperial era, or after the Empire was abolished. Although technically members of the slave class in society, palace gisaeng probably had a very comfortable life. On the other hand, I would not want to wear that hair pin - imagine the neck strain!