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Friday, July 07, 2006

early 1970s photos of Seoul (Daeyeonggak Hotel fire)

Via The Marmot's Hole comes the piece of info that Scott Forey's photographs from early 1970s' Seoul and its environs are available also at Flickr in addition to Webshots; the former number little over 100, the latter over 200 pictures. (My earlier note on these photographs.)

One photograph that draws attention is the one of a hotel after a fire. It is Taeyôn'gak Hotel, which caught fire in the morning of December 25, 1971 when propan gas exploded in the 1st floor. Number of dead was 167 and wounded 64. All the firefighting vehicles in Seoul were called and also USFK sent help, but ladders couldn't reach higher than to the 7th floor in the 21-floor hotel.

Taeyôn'gak Hotel after fire; the text in the billboard in front of the hotel says "Let's eradicate smuggled coffee and prevent the outflow of foreign currency"
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A capture of the Taeyôn'gak Hotel fire in the National Image Archive newsreel
There is an old newsreel available in the MBC "news time machine" link above; the link given in the article doesn't seem to work, but this link to the wmv file should be ok.

There is also a newsreel in the National Image Archive (국가기록영상관) - NOTE: does not work with Firefox.


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<Anonymous Anonymous> said on 7.7.06 : 

제가 찾고싶었던 자료입니다. 1971년이면 제가 태어나던 해 이군요. 제가 그렸던 회현시범아파트에 사셨던 분도 대연각 호텔 화제때 창밖으로 화재현장을 구경했다고 합니다. 그리고 일주일동안 타는 냄새가 일대에 남아있었다고 하더군요.
자료 제 블러그에 퍼가겠습니다.


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