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High-definition pictures of Japanese colonial era revealed Updated: 2019-12-13 17:18:33 KST


Thirty-eight thousand photos that show the life of Koreans under the Japanese colonial era have been revealed.
Previously owned by the museum of the Japanese Government-General of Korea, the central government office from 1910 to 1945 established to dominate Korea, the photos were taken over by Korea after independence.
Pictures of ruins, artifacts, culture and nature were collected by the Japanese during their colonial rule, with the intention of rule\ing Korea by specifically documenting and measuring material and manpower resources.
More than one thousand pictures show the physical measurement of people.
From the north of Korea to the southernmost areas, men and women stood in front of the camera
Having numbers on their chest, seemingly like convicts, people had shots taken of their fronts and sideseven of specific body parts which shows Japan had tried to understand the biological characteristics of Koreans.
One picture also shows men measuring and scanning a woman's head and height.
The man on the far left is recording all these figures.
The museum said the images have great importance as they show the remains of cultural assets that are hard to find nowadays, and help us grasp the lives of people living one hundred years ago.
The museum will push forward in making the information from the collection public.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.
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