In 1955, engineer Michael King was sent to Korea for his national service. While he was there, he was able to document the lives of the citizens after the war. Take a look at some of his Kodachrome photos after the jump.
The Korean War was fought between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The war broke out in June 1950 because of a division in the country after World War II. After 3 years and 32 days, the war ended.
In 1955, Michael King was sent to Korea to be with the Royal Engineers as part of his service for his country. He lived in Korea for an entire year. Being a photography enthusiast, he was able to capture the lives of the civilians a few years after the war ceased. Decades later, the photographs that he took came into the possession of his grandson, Jonathan Gazeley.
Here are some of Michael King’s photos of Korea:
The photos consist of everyday activities that King saw during his stay in Korea. He took photos of mussel fishers, interiors of temples, marvellous views, the people he worked with and many more. These Kodachrome photos capture a time when the people of Korea were trying to rebuild their lives after experiencing chaotic events during the war – a rare glimpse of Korea’s past.