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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.

OLD KOREA - LAND OF THE MORNING CALM -- The Wedding party (2), SEOUL

OLD KOREA - LAND OF THE MORNING CALM -- The Wedding party (2), SEOUL

Vogue Korea.

Vogue Korea.

OLD KOREA - LAND OF THE MORNING CALM -- A Happy Couple Visiting Relatives in SEOUL, 1903  Photo by HERBERT G. PONTING, 1903.

OLD KOREA - LAND OF THE MORNING CALM -- A Happy Couple Visiting Relatives in SEOUL, 1903 Photo by HERBERT G. PONTING, 1903.

A man rides a donkey in front of a barren landscape and wears a traditional Korean hat called a gat. Typically made from horsehair and bamboo, these hats date from the Choson dynasty before the Japanese occupation and were traditionally worn to signify rank.

A man rides a donkey in front of a barren landscape and wears a traditional Korean hat called a gat. Typically made from horsehair and bamboo, these hats date from the Choson dynasty before the Japanese occupation and were traditionally worn to signify rank.

A boy leads an old blind man through war-torn streets, past damaged storefronts. Korea, 1951.  John Dominis

A boy leads an old blind man through war-torn streets, past damaged storefronts. Korea, 1951. John Dominis

Korea-Kisaeng

Korea-Kisaeng

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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