Picture of the Day: Daejeon, 60 years ago

Yesterday, September 28 was the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Seoul following the Inchon Landing during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Two days later, this photo was taken of downtown Daejeon (back then spelled Taejon) which shows how badly the city was destroyed during fierce fighting in the opening weeks of the Korean War and later, following the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter in September, 1950.

This photo comes via The Boston Globe and their 60th Anniversary Pictorial, Remembering the Korean War, 60 Years Ago.

Looking at this photo, I am trying to get my geographical bearings. If I am not mistaken, this photograph was taken facing south. The mountain in the distance is a familiar landmark in Daejeon and I am pretty sure that is the same mountain that has this antenna tower on top.

In the middle of the photograph you can see what looks like a river or stream running through town. If that’s the case, then on the left side of the river would be where the present-day Daejeon Railroad station is located.

Another thing that is interesting about this photo is the way the streets are laid out in a grid-like pattern, which would indicate the Japanese influence in Daejeon during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Daejeon was founded in 1905 by the Japanese, which would account for the way the streets were laid out–very similar to Japanese cities like Kyoto.

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One Response to “Picture of the Day: Daejeon, 60 years ago”

  1. Nye September 30, 2010 at 11:13 am # Reply

    Jeffrey, they’ve done well rebuilding the city and thanks for the link to the photos. Images tell so much history, far more vivid than words can describe.

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