On The Border
A Taste of Korea
60 Years of the Republic
60 Years of the Republic: Crackdown on Youth Culture
On March 10, 1973, a 23-year-old woman named Chang was taken to a police box from the entrance of Myeong-dong, Seoul for wearing a miniskirt with a hemline 30 cm above the...
Sep. 02, 2008 11:57
60 Years of the Republic: Boosting Heavy Industry
President Park Chung-hee, having declared in his New Year's speech on Jan. 12, 1973 that he would shift the focus of the economy to heavy industries, was listening to a four-hour...
Sep. 01, 2008 11:26
60 Years of the Republic: The Death of Chun Tae-il
In the afternoon of Nov. 14, 1970, Chosun Ilbo reporter Lee Sang-hyun stood chain-smoking just outside the funeral chapel in St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul. He had been sent to the...
Sep. 01, 2008 11:23
60 Years of the Republic: The Saemaul Movement
A "Saemaeul Song," written and composed by Park himself, starts with the words, "The morning bell is ringing, the dawn has come," and was played on the tannoy of all villages. The...
Aug. 29, 2008 11:40
60 Years of the Republic: The Gyeongbu Highway
Park Chung-hee was the virtual foreman when the Gyeongbu highway was built, a product of a sheer "just do it" spirit at a time when the country had no capital, technology and...
Aug. 29, 2008 11:23
60 Years of the Republic: The Yushin Constitution
Oct. 17, 1972 looked much like other days, ordinary and calm. No street protests, no military provocation. Yet that same evening, President Park Chung-hee abruptly declared an...
Aug. 28, 2008 11:23